Babson Pulls Away From Clark, 5-1

Babson Pulls Away From Clark, 5-1

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.

The Cougars jumped on the board early as sophomore TJ Zirkman (Freehold, N.J.) converted a feed from classmate Vinny Morra (Setauket, N.Y.) just 1:47 into the contest for a 1-0 lead.

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.

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