NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Luke Beaulieu (Westfield, N.J.) scored a pair of second-half goals to help visiting Babson College pull away for a 4-1 win over the Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Nitchmann Field.
Babson (12-5-2, 5-0-2 NEWMAC), which won for the seventh time in the last eight games, earned a share of its second consecutive regular season title after going unbeaten in league play for the second year in a row. Coast Guard sees its year come to a close at 9-8-1 overall and 2-5-1 in NEWMAC play.
Sophomores Robert Dunne (Medway, Mass.) and Ross Shellow (Miami, Fla.) both scored for the Beavers, who also got an assist from senior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.). Classmate Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) finished with six saves to collect his 10th victory of the fall.
First-year John DiTommaso (Farmington, Conn.) had a goal and senior goalkeeper Dakota Harich (Oakdale, Md.) turned away nine shots for the Bears, who were reduced to 10 men following a red card in the 42nd minute.
First-year Noah Labelle (Bradenton, Fla.) was pulled down from behind tracking down a long ball at the top of the box just over three minutes before halftime, and Dunne made Coast Guard pay for the foul when he hit a brilliant free kick around the wall and inside the left post to put the Green and White in front 1-0.
Beaulieu doubled the Beavers' lead in the 65th minute when he put away a loose ball in the box with a diving header. Coast Guard cut its deficit to 2-1 in the 76th minute when DiTommaso settled a bouncing cross and blasted a rising volley past Heintzelman from 10 yards.
Babson wasted little time responding though, as senior Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) was tackled from behind driving towards goal setting up Beaulieu's penalty kick to make it 3-1 in the 78th minute. The Green and White capped the scoring 47 seconds later as Shellow finished off Crompton's cross with a left-footed strike after Dunne kept the ball in play along the end line for a 4-1 advantage.
The Beavers outshot the Bears 20-15 and attempted three of the four corner kicks in the match.
Babson returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Wheaton in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal beginning at 12:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are 40-9-7 all-time against Coast Guard and has gone 9-1-2 over its last 12 visits to New London dating back to 1996.
• Babson is unbeaten over its last 14 NEMWAC regular season matches (10-0-4) going back to the start of last season.
• Beaulieu's penalty kick was the first of the season for the Beavers.
• Babson's regular season NEWMAC title is its eighth since 2008.