BABSON PARK, MASS. – Four second half goals lifted No. 25 Babson College over the Bears in today's regular season finale 4-0. The win gives the Beavers the NEWMAC Regular Season Championship and the top seed heading into the conference tournament while Coast Guard settles for second place.
Babson improves to 13-3-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the NEWMAC while the Bears finish the regular season 11-5-1 and 4-1-1 in conference play.
After playing to a scoreless first half, senior forward Ayo Iwuagwu got the scoring started just 39 seconds into the second when he drilled home a shot from just inside the box giving the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Just five minutes later, sophomore Justin Laurenzo gave the Beavers a 2-0 advantage when he settled a free kick from senior Salo Guindi, and put a shot past Coast Guard keeper Richie Burns. The goal was Laurenzo's fifth of the season.
Coast Guard had a chance to cut into the Babson lead when freshman Lukas Benedetto and junior Juan Fitzpatrick put back-to-back shots on net forcing Beavers keeper Stephen Donato to make a save, preserving the shutout.
Babson added two more goals for insurance on their way to the 4-0 win.
"We played an excellent first half and felt good about ourselves at the break," said head coach Chris Parsons. "However, we did not match their energy at the beginning of the second half and that cost us the game. We are disappointed in the result, but we will regroup for our semi-final match versus Springfield."
Coast Guard will be the two-seed in the NEWMAC Tournament and play third-seeded Springfield College next Saturday, November 3rd at top-seeded Babson. The Bears beat Springfield 2-1 in double overtime at home in their only meeting of the season.
The NEWMAC Championship game will be played on Sunday, November 4th at 1:00p at Babson.