Babson Park, Mass.—Senior Justin Laurenzo (Park Ridge, N.J.) scored a pair of goals and Babson College blew the match open with three second-half tallies en route to a 5-1 win over visiting Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With its second straight victory, Babson is now 9-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in conference play, while Clark slips to 5-8-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Peter Van Noppen (Providence, R.I.), Caleb Long (Kingston, Mass.), and first-year Logan Ventura (Pittstown, N.J.) all scored for the Beavers, who rallied for five unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0.
Juniors Tyler Carlos (Prospect, Conn.) and Andrew Gonzalez (Durham, Conn.), sophomore Shane Mandel (Syosset, N.Y.) and first-year Justin Kaplan (Medway, Mass.) each contributed an assist in the win.
Babson responded though, as Van Noppen struck for his first goal of the year in the 17th minute to pull even at 1-1. After beating a defender on the left flank he hit a shot over Clark first-year goalkeeper Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.).
After controlling the run of play for much of the first half the Green and White went in front just 2:45 from halftime. Carlos carried the ball into the box before leaving it for Laurenzo, who drilled a shot over Maguire and under the bar for a 2-1 edge.
Long stretched the lead to 3-1 with his third goal of the season in the 48th minute, and Laurenzo notched his conference-leading tenth goal of the year in the 56th minute to give the Beavers a 4-1 lead.
Ventura then capped the scoring with his first collegiate goal in the 73rd minute, converting a cross from Mandel, to make it 5-1.
Babson goalkeeper Stephen Donato (Morganville, N.J.) stopped two shots to earn his fourth win of the season.
Maguire made eight saves in 79:41 of action for Clark before giving way to sophomore Alistar Richardson (Tolland, Conn.), who stopped one shot over the final 10:19.
The Beavers held a 19-5 edge in shots, while the Cougars attempted four of the game's five corner kicks.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Springfield for a 1:00 p.m. start, while Clark hosts Emmanuel on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.