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NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton
Thursday, November 1 | 7 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 39th time on Thursday night in a series that dates back to 1990. The Beavers are 18-20-0 all-time against the Lyons and have won 12 of the last 17 matchups between the sides.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Babson and Wheaton will meet for the fifth time in the last six years and 13th time overall in the conference playoffs. The Beavers are 6-6-0 against the Lyons all-time in the postseason.
• The programs also have combined to win 15 of the previous 20 NEWMAC Tournament championships.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Noah Parker redirected a shot by first-year Ross Shellow in the 83rd minute to lift Babson to a 1-0 win over Wheaton on October 13 in Norton, Mass.
• Junior Steven Heintzelman made one save for the Beavers, who held a 17-3 edge in shots. Diego Medina made nine stops for the Lyons.

LAST WHEATON WIN
• Roni Diniz converted a feed from Sesay in the 104th minute as Wheaton defeated the Beavers, 2-1, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on November 5, 2016, in Babson Park.
• Babson senior Ian Fromhein scored in the fourth minute and Sesay equalized in the 15th minute for the Lyons, who held a 21-10 edge in shots.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Fourth-seeded Wheaton (9-9-1, 3-4-0 NEWMAC) advanced to the conference semifinals for the 17th time in the last 19 years on penalty kicks after playing to a 0-0 2OT draw against fifth-seeded MIT on Tuesday.
• Medina made a pair of saves and the Lyons converted each of their first three kicks in the shootout.
• Senior Curran Wait (7-2-16) is tied for fourth in the league in scoring, junior Jules Stewart (4-2-10) has two game-winning goals, and classmate JD Souza (3-3-9) is tied for the team lead in assists.
• Medina has started 13 matches posting a 1.33 goals against average and a .742 save percentage to go along with four shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Top-seeded Babson (11-2-4, 5-0-2 NEWMAC) is making its 12th conference semifinal appearance in 13 years after wrapping up the regular season with a 3-0 win over Coast Guard.
• Parker and junior Alex Crompton both scored for the Beavers, who took a 2-0 lead on a Bears' own goal less than 25 minutes into the match.
• Parker (7-6-20) is tied for second in the NWEMAC in points and assists, Crompton (4-3-11) has scored in back-to-back matches, and first-year Mitchell Collins (2-4-8) is one of two players tied for second on the team in assists.
• Heintzelman boasts a 0.60 goals against average and a .873 save percentage to go along with a league-best eight clean sheets in 14 starts.

WEEKLY AWARDS SWEEP
• Crompton had two goals and one assist to earn NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, while senior Jackson Greenspan collected his fourth defensive player of the week award from the league on Monday.

REGIONAL IMPACT
• The Beavers are fourth in the most recent NCAA regional rankings released on Wednesday afternoon. The only other NEWMAC program in the rankings is WPI, which checks in at No. 12. 

BUCKING THE TREND
• The Green and White begins the conference playoffs play looking to become the first top-seeded team to claim the league tournament title since 2010.
• The NEWMAC's top seed won six consecutive tournaments, including three by Babson (2008-10) from 2005-10, but the regular season league champion has advanced out of the semifinals just four times over the last seven years.

TOUGH TO CRACK
• Entering Thursday's match, the Green and White ranks ninth in Division III in save percentage (.873), 16th in team goals against average (0.56) and 21st in shutout percentage with 10 clean sheets in 17 matches.
• The Beavers have conceded more than one goal just twice this season in road losses at Williams and then No. 5/4 Tufts.

OFFENSE COMING ALIVE
• After averaging 1.08 over its first 13 games, Babson has scored 11 goals in its last four matches.

TICKETS
• 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
• Going back to 2006, the Beavers are 10-1-3 at home in the conference playoffs.

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