Beavers Stay Unbeaten in NEWMAC Play, Move Into First-Place Tie
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Ben Holman (Ashland, Mas.) scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute as Babson College defeated visiting Clark University, 3-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
Babson, which is unbeaten in 13 straight conference regular season games, improves to 10-5-2 overall and 4-0-2 in league play, while Clark slips to 11-5-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) finished with a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Sophomore Eamon Keenan (East Greenwich, R.I.) also chipped in with an assist, while senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) made seven saves in the victory.
Senior Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Brian Brennan (Stoneham, Mass.) both scored for the Cougars. Senior Trevor Sheridan (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) registered an assist, while junior goalkeeper Melvin Vincent (Rochester, Mass.) stopped eight shots in the loss.
Crompton gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when he put away the rebound of a header by Keenan for his fifth goal of the season. Clark had an opportunity to pull even less than a minute later, but Sheridan's shot from the edge of the six-yard box took a deflection in front of goal and allowed Babson sophomore Ryan Goss (Glastonbury, Conn.) the chance to clear it off the line and out of danger.
The Cougars were able to equalize before the half though, as Munroe converted a penalty kick following a collision between Brennan and Heintzelman near the top of the box in the 37th minute. The Beavers regained the lead in the 55th minute as senior Youcef Ziad's (Holbrook, Mass.) cross intended for Crompton was misplayed into an own goal by a Clark defender.
As they had in the opening half, the Cougars responded in the 65th minute when Brennan finished off Sheridan's long throw in the from the left sideline with a bicycle kick from the edge of the six-yard box to make it 2-2. Babson took its third one-goal advantage of the afternoon with 10:27 left in the match. First-year Rodrigo Madiedo (Coral Gables, Fla.) cross deflected to Crompton and he laid it off for Holman, who slipped a 15-yard strike through traffic and inside the right post for his third goal of the year.
Heintzelman made the goal stand up with his best save of the day in the 81st minute, charging out to the penalty spot to get a piece of Munroe's shot from the top of the box.
The Beavers held a 21-17 edge in shots and attempted seven of the eight corner kicks in the match.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Bridgewater State at 3 p.m., while Clark plays host to WPI next Saturday at 11 a.m.
• The Beavers are 38-17-6 all-time against Clark.
• With Saturday's result, Babson has now won 119 straight games when scoring at least three goals, a streak that dates back to September 1999.
• The Beavers have scored the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute or later in three of their last four victories.
• With his first-half tally on Saturday, the 19th of his career, Crompton tied Terry Jackson '92 for 20th place on the program's all-time goals list.