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NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: Men's Soccer at No. 10/7 SUNY Oneonta

NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: Men's Soccer at No. 10/7 SUNY Oneonta

NCAA Tournament First Round | Oneonta Regional
Men's Soccer at No. 10/7 SUNY Oneonta
Saturday, November 16 | 1:30 p.m.
Red Dragon Field | Oneonta, N.Y.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 0-1-0 all-time against SUNY Oneonta with the lone meeting between the sides coming back in 2014.

LAST MEETING
• The Red Dragons scored twice in the opening 20 minutes and go goals from four different players on its way to defeating Babson, 4-0, in the final of the Mayor's Cup Tournament on September 6, 2014, in Oneonta, N.Y.
• Tanner Click '16 finished with four saves for the Beavers, who were outshot 16-8.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Beavers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016 and the program's 28th overall.
• Babson won Division III national championships in 1975, 1979 and 1980, and advanced to its last Final Four back in 1991. The Beavers also reached the Sweet 16 in both 2010 and 2011.
• The Beavers, who have more NCAA appearances than all but three programs in this year's tournament field – only Ohio Wesleyan (41), Messiah (30) and Rowan (28) have more in Division III – are looking to advance out of the first round for the first time since 2011.

ONEONTA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Red Dragons are making either eighth Division III NCAA Tournament and 12th overall after competing in the Division III championship in 1972 and the Division I tournament from 1973-75.
• Oneonta reached the Division II national title game in 1972 and advanced to the Division III national semifinals three times (2011, 2014, 2015) in a five-year stretch between 2011-15.
• The Red Dragons have failed to get out of the first round just once (2013) in eight tournament appearances since 2011.

SCOUTING THE RED DRAGONS
• No. 10/7 Oneonta (17-2-0) edged Plattsburgh 1-0 in the SUNYAC Tournament final for its fifth straight win last Saturday.
• Senior Witman Hernandez converted a feed from sophomore Tristan Battistoni in the 54th minute for the Red Dragons, who did not allow a shot on goal in the victory while improving to 11-1-0 at home this fall.
• Hernandez (23-10-56) is tied for second in Division III in goals and leads the country with 10 game-winning markers, junior Roberto Ventura has contributed four goals and five assists for 13 points, and sophomore Matt Howe (3-6-12) ranks second on the team in assists.
• First-year goalkeeper Nate Hanna has gone 11-1-0 over 12 starts with a 0.49 goals against average and a .860 save percentage to go along with eight clean sheets.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (14-5-2) captured its first NEWMAC Touranment crown with a 1-0 2OT victory over WPI last Saturday.
• Senior Alex Crompton scored on a bicycle kick with :03 left in extra time for the Beavers, who got eight saves from senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman.
• Crompton (8-8-24) leads the Green and White with four game-winning goals, sophomore Mitchell Collins (8-5-21) owns six markers against non-conference opponents, and senior Youcef Ziad (4-6-14) has produced nine points over the last 10 matches.
• Heintzelman is 12-4-2 in 18 starts and boasts a 0.95 goals against average and a .832 save percentage to go along with eight shutouts.

LEGENDARY LEADER
• Head coach Jon Anderson '75, who was a member of the Beavers' 1975 national championship team, will lead his team into the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in his 34-year career on Saturday.
• He ranks seventh among active Division III coaches and 20th all-time with 416 victories.

AWARDS APLENTY
• Six different players were honored when the NEWMAC announced their postseason awards on Wednesday, which included four players earning all-conference first-team honors for the first time since 2011.
• Heintzelman and sophomore Liam Hanlon both garnered all-league accoaldes for the second year in a row and were joined on the first team by Crompton and Collins.
• Ziad was a second-team all-conference selection, while first-year Ryan Grund became just the fourth Babson player since 1998 to earn NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors.

SENIOR MOMENTS
• With his game-winning goal against WPI, Crompton moved into a tie for 15th place on Babson's all-time list with 22 career tallies. His 58 career points also have him tied for 14th place alongside Max Walker '13 and Tyler Carlos '16 on the school's all-time scoring list.
• Ziad, who recorded assists on both of the Beavers' overtime game winners in the NEWMAC Tournament, is up to 50 career points on 18 goals and 14 assists.

BEAVERS' LATE MAGIC
• Although Crompton's 110th-minute game winner is the latest goal of the season, Babson has now scored the go-ahead or tying goal past the 78th minute eight times this fall.
• Sophomore Eamon Keenan scored an 88th-minute winner after junior Andrew Josephs had tied the match in the 80th minute in the Beavers' 2-1 victory over No. 11/11 Connecticut College on October 15.
• Senior Ben Holman tallied the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute in a 3-2 triumph over Clark on October 26, and Grund scored in the 96th minute to send the Green and White past Wheaton in the NEWMAC semifinals on November 7.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• The Beavers have gone 9-1-0 over their last 10 matches while outscoring their opponents 25-8.
• Babson is 2-1-0 this season against nationally-ranked opponents, which includes wins over defending national champions Tufts and Connecticut College, and an OT loss at Amherst.
• The Beavers are 12-0-2 this season have lost just once in their last 31 matches when conceding one goal or less.
• The Green and White is 7-3-0 this season on the road.
• Babson is 12-3-0 this season when scoring the first goal of the match.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
• The winner of Saturday's first round match will take on either No. 8/6 Messiah or Framingham State in the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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