Babson rolls Lesley in first round
Anderson and Iwuagwu nets two goals in the Beavers victory
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Juniors Eric Anderson and Ayo Iwuagwu each scored two goals to lead Babson to a 5-1 victory against Lesley in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA tournament at Babson's Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday.
With the win, Babson (16-2-3) advances to Sunday's second round against Trinity (Conn.), while Lesley (15-5-1) sees its outstanding 2011 season come to a close.
Both teams started with a flurry, as each squad score in the first four minutes of play. Lesley netted the game's first goal at the two-minute mark, beginning when first-year Ray Cohen hit a long shot from the right sideline that was tipped off the crossbar by Babson senior Peter Crowley. Lynx junior Ari Sinanis then headed the rebound inside the far right post for his eighth goal of the season at 2:01.
Babson tied the game less than two minutes later, as sophomore Mike Fisher evaded a defender on the right wing and sent a cross to the far post where it was knocked down by a defender. Anderson was then able to tap the loose ball to a charging Iwuagwu, who ripped his fifth goal of the season into the lower right corner at 3:39.
Things settled down for the remainder of the first half, with the game entering the intermission knotted at 1-1. The Beavers then put the contest away with a dominating second half, beginning with back-to-back goals by Anderson. The first came when he headed a cross from junior Jimmy Stento inside the far past from the left side of the goal mouth at 57:02, and the second came on a penalty kick after first-year Brenden Matthews had an open look off a beautiful pass from senior Billy Nickerson but was taken down in the box at 80:10. The ensuing PK marked Anderson's second goal of the game and team-leading 14th of the season.
Babson tacked on two more insurance goals in the final six minutes. Iwuagwu scored his second of the day and sixth of the year off consecutive feeds from Stento and sophomore Thomas Elbling at 84:11, and the second came when Fisher took the ball away from senior goalie Max Perkins and tucked it into a wide-open net at 89:46.
Crowley made one save while playing all but 14 seconds in net for Babson, while Perkins turned away four shots in the final performance of his collegiate career for Lesley.