Coming off back-to-back ECAC titles, the men’s soccer team entered 2012 looking for more. They made their statement early in season, winning their first nine games to extend their winning streak to 14 in a row dating to the previous season. The Judges didn’t make it easy on themselves in their early string, coming from behind four times and going to overtime twice.
The most dramatic win of their winning streak came in the most anticipated non-conference match of the season. Babson had entered the season ranked second in New England, and the Judges were up to third by Week 1. The previous two meetings had been won by the Beavers in double overtime, but this time it was the Judges who won in extra time. After Babson senior Kevin Anderson scored his seventh career goal against Brandeis in the 29th minute, Judge forward Lee Russo ’13 knocked home the equalizer off a rebound in the 66th minute. After a scoreless first overtime session, the duo of Russo and Sam Ocel ’13 connected for one of their seven goals. Russo heaved a long throw-in from deep in the visitor’s end. Ocel got a head on it and sent it across the goal-mouth an in for the 2-1 in, igniting an eruption from Coven’s Corner in the stands.