NEWMAC Tournament Final
Men's Soccer vs. Springfield
Saturday, November 3 | 1 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 31st time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1973. The Beavers are 20-6-4 all-time against the Pride.
• Babson and Springfield will meet for just the fifth time overall and first time since 2011 in the conference playoffs. The Beavers are 3-0-1 in NEWMAC Tournament against the Pride and the sides played to a 1-1 draw in their only championship game meeting back in 2011.
• First-year Liam Hanlon headed home a corner kick in the 79th minute to lift the Beavers to a 2-1 victory over Springfield on September 22 in Babson Park.
• Junior Chris Czarnecki also scored for Babson, which got four saves from classmate Steven Heintzelman, while Justin Breedlove had a second-half goal for the Pride.
LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Danny Murphy scored in the 55th minute to help the then-No. 19/24 Pride edge Babson, 1-0, on September 23, 2017, in Springfield.
• James Takami '18 made seven saves for the Beavers, while senior Stewart Frank finished with two stops for the Pride.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Second-seeded Springfield (13-4-1) is making its third consecutive conference title game appearance thanks to a 1-0 win over WPI on Thursday.
• Brad Deckel scored in the 82nd minute and Frank finished with three saves for the Pride, which now has eight victories by a one-goal margin.
• Deckel (6-3-15) has scored four game-winning goals, senior Christian Schneider (5-4-14) leads the team in assists, and first-year Andrew Ma (4-2-10) had three goals in seven league matches.
• Frank has started 17 games going 12-3-1 with a 0.64 goals against average and a .817 save percentage to go along with seven shutouts.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Top-seeded Babson (12-2-4) is making its first NEWMAC Tournament final appearance since 2015 after dispatching fourth-seeded Wheaton, 2-0, on Thursday.
• Junior Alex Crompton scored a pair of second-half markers and Heintzelman made four saves for the Beavers, who improved to 8-0-0 this fall at home.
• Senior Noah Parker (7-6-20) is tied for second in the league in points and assists, Crompton (6-3-15) has scored four times in the last three games, and first-year Mitchell Collins (2-4-8) is tied for third on the team in assists.
• Heintzelman (9-2-4) has started 15 matches and boasts a 0.57 goals against average and a .880 save percentage to go along with a league-best nine clean sheets.
SHOT AT THE TITLE
• The Green and White is making its 11th NEWMAC Tournament championship game appearance dating back to 1998.
• Babson is 5-0-1 in the title game going back to 2008 with the lone blemish coming against Springfield in 2011 when the Pride captured the league title on penalty kicks.
• The Beavers are 7-3-1 all-time in the tournament final with all three losses coming against Wheaton. Babson won conference titles in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015.
BUCKING THE TREND
• The Green and White is looking to become the first top-seeded team to claim the league tournament title since 2010 after becoming the fifth top seed to advance out of the semifinals over the last eight years.
• The NEWMAC's top seed won six consecutive tournaments, including three by Babson (2008-10) between 2005-10.
PRIME TIME PRODUCTION
• In addition to Crompton's four goals in three matches, senior Jackson Greenspan has recorded an assist in three straight matches and four of his last five outings overall.
• Parker, who picked up assists on both Babson goals in the regular season win over Springfield, has at least a point in eight of the last nine contests.
OFFENSE COMING ALIVE
• After averaging 1.08 over its first 13 games, Babson has scored 13 goals in its last fIVE matches.
• Admission prices are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $1 for students. Babson students and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 8-0-0 this season and 21-1-0 going back the start of the 2016 campaign when scoring at least two goals.