Nov. 13, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - Babson College sophomore and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year, Eric Anderson (Scituate, Mass.) had three assists Saturday afternoon, propelling Babson College to a 4-1 victory over Salem State University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament in a game played Cole Field on the campus of Williams College.

Babson (15-4-2) advances to face host Williams (12-2-2) which defeated Suffolk University earlier in the day, 8-0. The second round match-up between the Beavers and Ephs starts at 1 p.m. Sunday at Williams.

Williams and Babson met earlier this year, also in Williamstown, on Sept. 19 when the Ephs posted a 3-1 victory.

Babson came out strong in the first half, pushing its pace and style of play on Salem State which resulted in an early goal for the Beavers. The first goal came in the 14th minute when junior captain Clint Mason (Williamstown, Mass.) rocketed a shot from just outside the box that glanced off a Viking back and appeared to be headed into the goal when Salem State keeper Luis Marques leapt high in the air to push the ball off the crossbar. However the rebound caromed directly to junior Ryan Obolewicz (Bow, N.H.), who headed it into an open left side.

The Beavers made it 2-0 just 4:41 later when Anderson collected the ball at the top center of the box and quickly sent a diagonal pass to his right, where junior Billy Nickerson (Middleton, Mass.) -- inserted into the game only moments before -- blasted a shot off Marques and into the goal for a 2-0 advantage.

Salem State was outshot 11-1 in the first half, but 12:40 into the second half grabbed all the momentum when David Miller used his head to flick a cross into the box by Babson junior keeper Peter Crowley (Lexington, Mass.) to make it 2-1.

However the Beavers absorbed that blow and counterattacked almost immediately. Their renewed vigor paid off 12 minutes later when Anderson took a shot in the box that was blocked and Mason ran onto the rebound, placing a shot by Marques for a 3-1 lead with 33:20 remaining in the contest.

Anderson's final assist came on a pretty give-and-go that developed in the center of the field about 35 yards out. Anderson sent a pass to sophomore Josh Danesh (Brookline, Mass.), who slid a shot past Marques' right side with 5:29 remaining.

Babson finished with a 20-6 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities. Marques made six saves for the Vikings, who finish the season 9-6-4, while Crowley made two saves for Babson.

Saturday's win marks the 300th career win for Babson's head coach Jon Anderson who led his Beavers to their third consecutive NEWMAC title this season and their 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament.