Babson Park, Mass. - September 22, 2018 - The Springfield College men's soccer team fell to conference-rival Babson College, 2-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell Rogers Field. The loss drops the Pride to 5-3 overall with a 1-1 record against league foes. Babson improves to 3-1-3 and 1-0-1 in NEWMAC play.
Springfield College held a 13-10 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play as it was also awarded five corner kicks to the Beavers' three. Babson had 16 fouls in 90 minutes as the Pride only committed nine. In net, Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) made five stops, while his counterpart, Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) had four saves in the win.
Senior Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) had two shots on goal in the first 12:27 which were both turned away by Heintzelman to keep the Pride at bay. In the 27th minute, the Beavers took a 1-0 lead when Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) took advantage of a play set up by Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) and scored his first goal of the season.
Back-and-forth play opened the second half as each team had a shot on goal in the opening minutes. Babson looked to take a two-goal lead when Parker had a breakaway chance, but Frank came up with a big stop to keep the margin of deficit one.
Springfield College evened the score in the 67th minute when Xavi Arroyo (Concord, Mass.) put a free kick into the box, which was collected by Justin Breedlove (Ellicott City, Md.) and shot to the outside post to even the score at one.
With 11:44 remaining, Parker took a free kick following a foul from the Pride, which was sent into the box from 33-yards out and Liam Hanlon (Boxborough, Mass.) tucked home his first goal of the year to give Babson a late advantage.
Springfield College had a few chances late, but was unable to find the back of the net, resulting in a 2-1 loss.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Wentworth on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.