Grund Tabbed as Conference Rookie of the Year as Four Beavers Earn All-League First-Team Accolades
WESTWOOD, Mass.—Six members of the Babson College men's soccer team were recognized when the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its postseason awards on Wednesday afternoon.
Seniors Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) and Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) and sophomores Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) and Liam Hanlon (Boxborough, Mass.) were all named to the All-NEWMAC first-team, while senior Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) earned a second-team nod. In addition to the Beavers' five all-conference selections, first-year Ryan Grund (Princeton Junction, N.J.) was selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.
Heintzelman and Hanlon both earned their second all-league accolades after both being named to the second team in 2018. Heintzelman, who has gone 12-4-2 in 18 starts this fall, ranks second among conference goalkeepers in goals against average (0.95), save percentage (.832) and shutouts (6), and is fourth in the conference with a career-high 84 saves. The reigning NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, Hanlon started all 21 games at center back helping the Green and White record nine shutouts while producing two goals and one assist for five points.
The NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Crompton has put together the best season of his career on the way to earning his first all-league honor. He has set new career highs in goals (8), assists (8) and points (24), and has produced seven markers and six assists in 12 matches going back to October 1. Crompton leads all conference players with four game-winning goals and is tied for the NEWMAC lead in both assists and points.
Entering the NCAA Tournament, Crompton ranks 19th in program history with 22 goals and is 14th on the school's all-time list with 59 career points.
A first-time all-conference honoree, Collins is currently second on the team with eight goals and five assists for 21 points while starting 20 of 21 games this fall. He is tied for second in the NEWMAC in both goals and game-winning markers (3), and ranks fourth in the league in points.
One of the top attacking threats in the league, Ziad also earned his first all-conference laurels after scoring four goals to go along with a career-best six assists for 14 points over 18 games. He is tied for fifth in the NEWMAC in assists and set up both game-winning goals in the conference tournament last week.
In 67 career matches, Ziad has produced 18 goals and 14 assists for 50 points.
A starter in 20 of 21 matches this fall, Grund is just the fourth Babson player since 1998 to earn NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors joining Nick Todd '01, Eric Anderson '12 and Hanlon last year. as the Beavers' previous winners. He scored his second goal of the season in the 96th minute to send the Green and White past Wheaton in last week's conference semifinals, and is tied for third in the league with seven assists.
Babson (14-5-2), which captured its first NEWMAC Tournament crown since 2015, travels to Oneonta, N.Y., to face No. 10/7 SUNY Oneonta in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.