BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College built an early lead after doubles but was unable to carry its momentum into singles and suffered a 7-2 loss to 25th-ranked MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis action on Monday afternoon at the Babson Tennis Courts.
Babson, which had its five-match winning streak snapped, falls to 10-4 overall and 4-1 in league play, while MIT improves to 9-6 overall and clinches the NEWMAC regular season title after completing conference play at 6-0.
Senior Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.) and first-year Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) picked up the Beavers' first point with an 8-2 victory at number two doubles. Sophomores Dan Levitan (Winter Park, Fla.) and Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) were beaten 8-4 at number three, but junior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and first-year Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) outlasted the Engineers' duo of junior Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore Alberto Go (Merritt Island, Fla.), 9-8 (8-6) at number one.
MIT dominated in singles, winning each of the first four completed matches in straight sets to secure the victory. Rosenbluth took the first set at number two against Cauneac, but was unable to hold on falling 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Senior Dylan Levy (Miami, Fla.) also took the opening set at number five before suffering a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) setback to Go.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Wheaton in its regular season finale at 3:30 p.m., while MIT visits Bates on Friday at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers have dropped eight straight matches to MIT.
• Babson will the second seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament.
• The Green and White, which led after doubles in nine of its 10 wins this season, lost after taking at least two points in doubles for the first time since a 5-4 setback against Vassar on April 8, 2017.