October 22, 2011

McGonigle nets first goal of 2011 in 2-1 OT loss at No. 20 Babson

BABSON PARK, Mass. - Senior Rory McGonigle (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) scored his first goal of the season to force overtime in Wheaton College's 2-1 loss at No. 20 Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action Saturday afternoon.

The loss snaps the Lyons (7-7-2, 3-2-0 NEWMAC) three-match win streak and stretches Babson's unbeaten streak to 14. The win also secures Babson's fourth-consecutive NEWMAC regular season title and seventh overall.

The Lyons and Beavers played a scoreless match until the 44th minute when sophomore Thomas Elbling's (Porta Alegre, Brazil/Byram Hills) potted his first-collegiate goal to give Babson a 1-0 lead. Elbling redirected senior Salomon Guindi's (Mexico City, Mexico/The American School) corner from the left side to the far post from just outside the six-yard box. The half closed with Babson holding a 13-3 edge in shots.

Still trailing midway through the second half, McGonigle redirected a Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) free kick to tie the match at one at 69:25. Following a foul just inside of midfield, Finkelstein served a long ball from the left side of the field towards the far post. McGonigle beat his mark and tucked a shot past Babson senior goalkeeper Peter Crowley (Lexington, Mass./Brooks School) and inside the far post. It was McGonigle's first goal of the season and Finkelstein's team-leading seventh assist.

In overtime, Babson sophomore Mike Fisher's (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) netted his fifth goal of the season at 92:46 to end the match. Junior Jimmy Stento (Needham, Mass./Needham) earned a foul along the right sideline that led to a corner kick. Wheaton cleared the ball towards midfield, but senior Max Walker (Newton, Mass./BB&N) quickly fed Fisher streaking up the left sideline. Fisher side-stepping a defender and hit a hard, low shot that beat Wheaton freshman goalkeeper Devin Delfino (Bourne, Mass./Bourne) inside the far post for the victory.

Babson (12-2-2, 5-0-0 NEWMAC) finished with a 27-7 advantage in shots. Delfino recorded seven saves while Crowley tallied one.

Wheaton returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Bridgewater State at 3 p.m. Babson entertains Plymouth State Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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