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Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton

Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton

Men's Soccer vs. Wheaton
Saturday, October 19 | 1 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 19-20-0 all-time against Wheaton in a series that dates back to 1990.
• The Beavers have won three straight and six of the last eight matches between the sides going back to the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament.
• Despite going to overtime in seven matches since 1996, Babson and the Lyons have never finished in a draw after 110 minutes.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Alex Crompton scored twice in the second half to help the Beavers defeat Wheaton, 2-0, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on November 1, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Jackson Greenspan '19 and senior Youcef Ziad each had an assist for Babson, which got four saves from Steven Heintzelman.
• Sophomore Diego Medina finished with three saves for the Lyons.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Wheaton (7-6-1, 2-2-0 NEWMAC) saw its five-game unbeaten streak come to an end with a 1-0 loss to WPI last Saturday.
• Medina turned away three shots for the Lyons, who were limited to just one shot on frame in the match.
• Sophomore Antonio Rogliano (2-5-9) is tied for third in the conference in assists, senior JD Souza (3-1-7) has scored a pair of game-winning goals, and first-eyar Alberto Franceschi (2-2-6) has produced a marker in two of the last three matches.
• Medina, who ranks fourth in the league with a 1.24 goals against average, is 5-4-1 with a .774 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (8-4-2) extended its unbeaten streak to four with a 2-1 victory over No. 11/11 Connecticut College on Tuesday.
• Junior Andrew Josephs tied the game in the 80th minute and sophomore Eamon Keenan tallied the go-ahead goal in the 88th minute for the Beavers, who got eight saves from Heintzelman.
• Sophomore Mitchell Collins (7-3-17) is second in the conference in scoring, senior Ben Holman (2-6-10) is tied for the NEWMAC lead in assists, and Crompton (3-3-9) has produced eight of his nine points over the last seven contests.
• Heintzelman, who is 6-3-2 in 11 starts, ranks second in the league in both goals against average (0.89) and save percentage (.841) to go along with five shutouts.

SENIORS SWEEP CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONORS
• Crompton was tabbed as the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week, while Heintzleman collected his second defensive player of the week honor on Tuesday.
• Crompton scored a goal apiece in wins over then-top-ranked Tufts and Emerson and Heintzelman recorded back-to-back clean sheets with a total of 13 saves in the victories.

HONORING "WILD" WILL
• Will McHugh, who is better known as Wild Will of Westwood, joined the Babson men's soccer program in 2014 through Team IMPACT and will be honored prior to the start of Saturday's match. Will, who suffers from Lissencephaly, is a fixture on the sidelines during games with his parents Bill and Donna, and has been a part of the program's three NCAA Tournament appearances over the last five years.

POINTS AT A PREMIUM
• With three NEWMAC fixtures remaining the Beavers are one of three unbeaten teams in the league standings along with WPI and MIT.
• All three teams are sitting on eight points after four matches, one point behind first-place Clark, which owns three wins in four games.
• The Green and White can clinch a NEWMAC Tournament berth with a victory on Saturday.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 10-2-1 in the month of October over the last two seasons.

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