NORTON, Mass.- The Wheaton College men's soccer team fell short of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Babson College during Homecoming Saturday, as the Lyons suffered a 5-3 setback on Keefe Field. The combined eight goals scored were the most between the squads in 28 all-time meetings.
Having experienced five straight one-goal games entering today, the teams played to a two-goal margin for the first time since 2008. Wheaton fell to 7-5-3 overall and 1-2-2 in league play, while the Beavers extended their conference unbeaten streak to 36 games to improve to 11-2-1 and 4-0.
In a game that saw three penalty-kick tallies and two goals off restarts, Lyon senior Max Swanson (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) finished with two goals, as did Babson senior Eric Anderson (Scituate, Mass./Rivers School), who broke the school's all-time points record.
After Swanson's 10th-minute PK made the score 1-0, the Beavers responded with three consecutive goals in just under an eight-minute span to lead 3-1 with 10:19 to play in the opening half. Babson senior Ayo Iwuagwu (Lagos, Nigeria/Brooks School) and sophomore Justin Laurenzo (Park Ridge, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) connected on their team's first two markers, while junior Kevin Israel (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Germantown Academy) made the score 3-1.
A flurry of goals ensued in the second half, as a combined four markers were scored just 3:23 apart. Swanson's second PK at 65:17 brought the hosts to within one but just 14 seconds later Anderson's first goal pushed Babson's margin back to two.
Anderson's second tally at 66:58 came off a restart, a goal that established Babson's new points mark. At 68:40, freshman Sanjit Basak-Smith (Easton, Conn./South Kent School) narrowed Wheaton's gap to two. With just over 11 minutes to go, classmate Stephan Nkom (Douala, Cameroon/Indian Spring School) nearly made the score 5-4, but Babson junior Jackson Klein (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) made a huge save to keep the gap at two.
Wheaton freshman goalie Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) finished with seven stops, while Klein turned aside a pair of Lyon shots.
Babson held advantages of 17-13 in shots and 6-4 in corner kicks.
Wheaton plays at Trinity College on Monday in a non-conference contest that was added earlier this season. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.