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NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: Men's Soccer at WPI

NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: Men's Soccer at WPI

NEWMAC Tournament Final
Men's Soccer at WPI
Saturday, November 9 | 4 p.m.
Alumni Stadium | Worcester, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 39-9-4 all-time against WPI in a series that dates back to 1974.
• The Beavers and Engineers have played to a draw in each of their last two regular season matches.
• Babson is 14-2-4 over their last 20 matches against WPI but is in search of its first victory since 2016.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Babson is 3-2-1 in six postseason meetings against WPI although the sides have not met since the Beavers edged the Engineers 2-1 in the 2014 NEWMAC final.
• None of the previous six conference playoff games between the teams have been decided by more than a goal.

LAST MEETING
• Beavers' senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman made six saves and WPI junior Rufus Adams turned away four shots as the sides played to a 0-0 2OT draw on September 21 in Babson Park.
• The Engineers outshot Babson 16-8 in a match that featured 34 fouls.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• Top-seeded WPI (12-2-4, 5-0-2 NEWMAC) reached the conference final for the third time in the last six seasons with a 1-0 win over fourth-seeded Clark on Thursday.
• First-year Francesco Valagussa broke the scoreless deadlock with a 20-yard strike in the 89th minute for the Engineers, who are unbeaten over their last 10 matches.
• Seniors Jackson Conroy (6-3-15) and Mark Calnan (6-1-13) are tied for the NEWMAC lead with three game-winning goals apiece, while classmate Luke Reiniger (4-5-13) leads the team in assists.
• Adams is 11-2-4 with a 0.40 goals against average and a .889 save percentage while keeping 10 clean sheets in 17 starts this fall.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Second-seeded Babson (13-5-2, 5-0-2 NEWMAC) is back in the conference title game for the fourth time in six seasons following Thursday's 2-1 OT win over third-seeded Wheaton.
• First-year Ryan Grund set up sophomore Eamon Keenan's goal in the 76th minute and then notched his second marker of the season in the 96th minute for the Beavers, who have won eight of their last nine matches.
• Senior Alex Crompton (7-8-21) is tied for the NEWMAC lead in assists, sophomore Mitchell Collins (8-5-21) leads the NEWMAC in goals, and senior Ben Holman (3-6-12) ranks fourth in the league in assists.
• Heintzelman has gone 11-4-2 with a 1.02 goals against average, a .817 save percentage and five shutouts in 17 starts.

TOUGH TO BEAT
• Both Babson and WPI enter Saturday's clash with just one loss against NEWMAC competition over the last two seasons.
• The Beavers are 12-1-4 with their lone loss being a 1-0 decision against Springfield in last year's conference final, while the Engineers have gone 10-1-5, which includes a 1-0 loss to Springfield in the 2018 league semfinals.

STREAKING BEAVER
• With an assist on Thursday, Crompton has at least one point in four consecutive games and has produced six goals and six assists in 11 matches since October 1.
• With 21 career goals Crompton ranks 19th on the program's all-time list, and his 56 points have him tied with Billy Nickerson '12 for 20th in Babson history.

SHOT AT THE TITLE
• The Green and White is making its 12th NEWMAC Tournament final appearance since 1998.
• Babson is 7-4-1 all-time in the conference championship game, which includes winning five titles (2008-10, 2014, 2015) in seven tries since 2008.
• With the Beavers currently seventh and WPI fifth in the latest NCAA regional rankings, the loser will be squarely on the bubble waiting for the NCAA Tournament field to be announced on Monday.

WHAT'S TRENDING
• Beginning with the 2011 championship, top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament has not won the conference championship in any of the last eight seasons.
• This comes on the heels of the top seed winnings six straight tournament crowns between 2005-10.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 11-0-2 this season have lost just once in their last 30 matches when conceding one goal or less.

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