October 8, 2011

Babson Tops Men's Soccer, 5-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Babson College exploded with four second-half goals, including two during the first seven minutes, en route to a 5-1 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC men's soccer game on Saturday afternoon. Eric Anderson recorded two goals and an assist as the Beavers improved to 9-2-1 on the year and 3-0-0 in the NEWMAC. Freshman Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) registered the Engineers' lone mark as their ledger lowered to 5-6-0 overall and 0-3-0 in league play.

MIT opened the scoring in the 13th minute when senior Zach Kabelac (Potomac, Md.) acquired the ball just past midfield and fed it to junior Ben Lewis (West Hartford, Conn.). He returned it to Kabelac who chipped it forward to a sprinting Diamantoni. Standing yards away from the goal, a Babson defender and goalie Peter Crowley swarmed him but he managed to send a shot into the open net. Four minutes later, Eric Anderson tallied the equalizer on a penalty kick after Ayo Iwuagwu was taken down in the box. Despite five corner kicks for the Engineers and a strike by Iwuagwu that rolled across the goalmouth and hit the near post, the game would remain deadlocked through the intermission.

The Beavers wasted little time scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal, using almost four minutes to take a 2-1 lead. From the near side, Iwuagwu took a low shot that was deflected by diving MIT senior goalie Dylan Rankin (Providence, R.I.); however Mike Fisher sent the carom to the far post. Babson struck again in the 53rd minute when Iwuagwu took a pass from Anderson on the far side and lobbed it into the box where it was redirected by Jimmy Stento.

The visitors tacked on goals 65th and 67th minutes to wrap up the scoring. Shawn Citro converted feeds from Stento and Thomas Elbling for his first intercollegiate marker while Anderson booted in a deflection of Kevin Israel's initial shot. The Engineers' best opportunities to cut their deficit came late in regulation. Kabelac sent a long bouncing strike that ended up right at Crowley. Moments later Diamantoni kicked a rolling shot from the far side that rolled just wide past an outstretched Crowley.

Rankin totaled three saves in 67 minutes of action while freshman Samuel Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) closed the game with one stop. Crowley made three saves in 81 minutes as Jackson Klein turned away two shots down the stretch.

MIT returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 15 against NEWMAC foe U.S. Coast Guard Academy while Babson continues its road trip tomorrow at Bowdoin College.