AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Tim Christian (Agawam, MA) posted a pair of goals as Amherst came from behind to defeat Babson at Hitchcock Field. The Jeffs rebound from a 0-2 showing last week to better their record to 8-2-1 while Babson falls to 8-5-1.
The Beavers notched the first score of the match in the 43rd minute on a restart at midfield. Junior Michael Stevanin (Miami, FL) lobbed kick over the defense to senior co-captain Jacques Goupil (Montville, NJ), who bounced it into the upper right hand corner of the net.
Coming back from the break down 1-0, the Jeffs mounted an offensive that equalized just 36 seconds into the second period. Matt Diggs (Seattle, WA) fed a ball from the baseline onto the foot of Co-Captain Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) to tie the match at one a piece. Locking in the attack, Diggs tallied a second assist on the go-ahead goal, a shot by Christian at the top of the box just 54 seconds later.
Diggs led the Amherst attack that forced 13 corner kicks, along with fellow forwards Andy Kay (North Easton, MA) and Devin Talbott (Washington, DC). Talbott earned the second assist of his senior season with a ball out of the left corner onto the foot of classmate Christian for an insurance goal in the 63rd minute. Christian helped the Jeffs control the game in the air early in the match, after having scored the lone goal in last year's 1-0 decision.
Both teams are next active on Saturday when Babson travels to Springfield while Amherst meets Tufts in a 1:30 match in Medford.
Babson (8-5-1) 1 0 -- 1 Amherst (8-2-1) 0 3 -- 3 Scoring: B Jacques Goupil (Michael Stevanin) 43:02, A Mike Sullivan (Matt Diggs) 45:36, A Tim Christian (Diggs) 46:30, A Christian (Devin Talbott) 63:06. Shots: A 10, B 10. Saves: A Kevin Larner 5, B Bryan Bufkin 5. Corner Kicks: A 13, B 0. Fouls: A 20, B 9. Yellow Cards: A Tim Christian 79:26. # # # 10/22/97