Babson Park, Mass. - October 17, 2009 - The Springfield College men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision at Babson on Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest.
The victory improves Babson's record to 10-4-1, including a perfect 4-0 mark in league play. Springfield falls to 4-9-1, 1-4 in conference action.
Babson took a 1-0 lead less than 12 minutes in, as senior Dan Fogarty took a pass on the left side from first-year Justin LeBlanc, made a move past a defender, and squeezed a shot inside the near post for his fourth goal of the year at 11:43. The Beavers later added to their lead at the 24-minute mark, when sophomore Max Walker gathered a rebound of a blocked shot by classmate Salomon Guindi and put it past Pride rookie keeper Chris Walton for his first of the season to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts.
After going scoreless in the opening frame, Springfield quickly got on the board early in the second half, as first-year Patrick Mudie slipped a pass down the left side to senior Dave Kotulski. Kotulski then hit a bending ball across the box that was deflected in at the far post by sophomore Eric Stalsburg at 49:44. It was Stalsburg’s team-leading sixth goal of the season and it cut Babson’s lead to 2-1.
The Beavers extended their lead back to two with a key insurance goal at the 64-minute mark, as a Pride foul and yellow card gave the hosts a free kick just outside the box on the left side. Fogarty then lofted a perfect ball across the field to sophomore Ian Siekman, who headed a shot into the upper left corner for his first collegiate goal at 64:07.
That would prove to be enough for Babson, which held a 23-13 advantage in shots and a 9-7 edge in corner kicks in the contest. Sophomore Peter Crowley finished with six saves, while Walton turned away eight shots in goal for Springfield.
The men's soccer team will play its third game of the week on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm. The Pride will take on No. 15 Trinity, marking the second time this week that Springfield has battled against a nationally-ranked team.