Mass. College Lax Notebook: No. 3 Tufts Rolls Past No. 8 Endicott

Tufts' Cole Bailey recorded nine points this evening, netting five goals and dishing out four assists. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ Cole Bailey recorded nine points this evening, netting five goals and dishing out four assists. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Third-ranked Tufts University scored an impressive win this evening, downing the eighth-ranked Endicott Colllege, 22-6, in Beverly.

Tufts’ Cole Bailey paced all scorers, including the Powder Blue and White with nine points on five goals and four assists. John Uppgren contributed four goals and four helpers.

Will Jennings led the Gulls with four goals, Kyle Weber netted one marker and Colin Bannon registered one goal and one assist in the setback.

Eight consecutive goals in the opening frame helped the Jumbos secure the lead for good. Uppgren commenced the 8-0 run by locating Zach Richman, who buried the feed past Endicott’s Cameron Bell. Jennings netted a pair in the second for Endicott, including a man-up goal, but the Jumbos countered, netting three consecutive tallies to secure a 13-4 cushion at the break.

Bell turned away 10 of 29 shots and Tufts’ Alex Salazar deflected 16 of 21 attempts. The Jumbos won the battle of the ground balls, scooping 54 grounders, while converting 22 of 25 clear attempts. Conor Helfrich and Ryan Le combined for 21 face-off victories.

Western New England halted Roger Williams’ eight-game winning streak by defeating the Hawks in Springfield, 11-4. Jon Bota led the Golden Bears with a hat trick, Justin Bard and Patrick Dillon netted a pair, and Brandon Body turned away 13 shots between the pipes.

Tim Kelly sliced the four-goal deficit for the visiting Hawks in the second quarter before teammate Jon Gomer brought Roger Williams within one goal at 8:53 in the third quarter. Western New England – leading 4-3 – stretched its advantage with a four-goal run, spanning the third and fourth quarters to push ahead for good.

Trailing 5-2 at the break, the Mount Ida Mustangs rallied with seven third quarter goals to secure an important Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory over visiting Lasell College. Mount Ida’s Jon Berry paced the Mustangs with five points on four goals and one assist, while Lucas Stralka dished out a trio of assists. Casey Sullivan led the Lasers with a hat trick and three helpers.

With the victory, the Mustangs find themselves a spot behind first-place Emmanuel College. The Saints, who are 7-0 in conference play, defeated St. Joseph’s College (Maine) in Boston this afternoon by a score of 12-4. Tony Cibelli led the Saints with four goals and one assist.

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Mass. College Lax: Get Caught Up On 113 Days

By Matt Noonan 

The first two episodes of 113 Days have been published – a documentary on the current Stonehill College women’s lacrosse season.

Below are both episodes – the first episode, which focuses on getting to know the Skyhawks, while the second highlights the team’s contest against Dowling that Stonehill won in overtime.

Stonehill currently finds themselves in second place in the Northeast-10 Conference with a mark of 13-1 overall and 10-1 in league play. On Saturday, the Skyhawks soared to a 17-3 victory over St. Michael’s College, their third victory in the month of April.

For more on the Skyhawks’ season thus far, as well as news, rosters and stats – HOP HERE

 

Boston Cannons Open 2015 Season With 16-13 Win Over Denver

By Matt Noonan 

Competing at Gillette Stadium – their brand new home for the 2015 season –the Boston Cannons scored an opening-day victory, defeating Denver, 16-13, on Sunday afternoon.

Max Seibald – an alum of Cornell University lacrosse – paced the Cannons with a hat trick, while David Emala, Will Manny (UMass), Rob Emery, Brent Adams and Martin Bowes tallied two goals apiece. Jordan Burke picked up his initial win between the pipes, turning away 12 of 25 shots.

Max Seibald - a Cornell Big Red men's lacrosse alum - recorded a hat trick this afternoon in the Boston Cannons' season-opener. (Photo Credit: Lax.com)

Max Seibald – a Cornell Big Red men’s lacrosse alum – recorded a hat trick this afternoon in the Boston Cannons’ season-opener. (Photo Credit: Lax.com)

Maryland University alum – Drew Snider – led the Outlaws with a hat trick, while pitching in two assists and scooping four ground balls.

Boston and Denver combined for seven goals in the opening quarter, but it was Manny’s tally midway through the frame that provided the Cannons with a 4-3 advantage.

Seibald initiated a 3-0 run in the second, helping Boston head into intermission with an 8-5 lead.

The Cannons tallied five points in the third quarter, including a pair of unassisted two-point goals from Emery and Josh Amidon at 2:33 and 2:53, respectively. Bowes netted the final goal of the stanza at 12:05, extending Boston’s advantage to 13-9.

Denver attempted to close the gap in fourth with three consecutive goals, but Seibald clinched the opening-day victory with back-to-back tallies before Manny buried a feed from David Emala.

With the win, Boston finds itself in a three-way tie for first place with New York and Rochester. New York opened the season with a 14-8 win over Ohio, while Rochester edged Charlotte, 10-9.

For more on this afternoon’s victory – HOP HERE

Frozen Four: BU, Providence Advance To NCAA D1 Championship

Boston University's Jack Eichel netted a pair of goals on Thursday evening, while registering one assist as the Terriers defeated North Dakota, 5-3. (Photo Credit: CBS Sports)

Boston University’s Jack Eichel netted a pair of goals on Thursday evening, while registering one assist as the Terriers defeated North Dakota, 5-3. (Photo Credit: CBS Sports)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of Hockey East teams will compete on Causeway Street on Saturday evening at the TD Garden as Boston University and Providence College earned Frozen Four semifinal victories on Thursday evening.

The Friars, who competed in the first semifinal match, defeated Nebraska-Omaha (4-1), while the Terriers skated past North Dakota (5-3).

BU’s Jack Eichel clinched the victory for the Terriers late in the third period when he sailed a shot into an open North Dakota net from behind the face-off circle, which halted a late rally.

Eichel opened the scoring for the Terriers, netting a back-handed shot off a rebound before Brandon Hickey doubled the Red and White’s advantage with a strike at 19:12 in the first period.

North Dakota sliced the deficit 44 seconds into the second frame when Luke Johnson slipped the puck past Matt O’Connor, but the Terriers responded with back-to-back tallies from A.J. Greer and Doyle Somerby that provided BU with a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of hockey.

Troy Stecher and Connor Gaarder closed the gap for North Dakota at 12:10 and 16:17, respectively, in the third period, but that would be the closest they would get to the Hockey East champions. O’Connor deflected 33-of-36 shots, while North Dakota’s Zane McIntyre turned away 23-of-27 attempts.

Providence’s Nick Saracino led the Friars with three-points (one goal and two assists) and set-up the game’s first and second tallies, which were recorded by Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski. Saracino eventually located the back of the net in the third period, capping the Friars’ offensive outburst at 19:23.

Jon Gillies picked up his 23rd victory between the pipes, deflecting 25 shots, including nine attempts in the opening frame. Omaha’s Ryan Massa dipped to 14-8-6 and recorded a game-high 44 stops. Massa’s 14 wins were the most the senior goaltender has recorded with the Mavericks.

Omaha’s Jake Guentzel recorded the Mavericks’ lone goal of the contest – his 14th of the season – at 10:46 in the third period. The loss ended Omaha’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance run.

Mass. College Football: NEWMAC To Add Football In 2017

By NoontimeSports.com 

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced some very exciting news this afternoon that the conference will be sponsoring football, beginning in the fall of 2017.

Courtesy of the NEWMAC Office, here is this afternoon’s release:

Boston, Mass. – The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is excited to announce that it will begin sponsoring the sport of football starting in the 2017 season. Conference members, the United States Coast Guard Academy, MIT, Springfield College and WPI will be joined by Maine Maritime Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and Norwich University, who enter the NEWMAC as associate members in 2017. Football becomes the 20th conference championship and the league’s ninth men’s offering.

“This is a wonderful moment for the NEWMAC,” said H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College and chair of the NEWMAC Presidents Council. “This growth is a testament to the continued academic and athletic excellence for which NEWMAC schools are known.”

Springfield, WPI, and Merchant Marine have been participating in the Liberty League, while MIT, Coast Guard, and Maine Maritime were members of the New England Football Conference, and Norwich was a part of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference. In addition to the connection Maine Maritime, Merchant Marine and Norwich have to Coast Guard, MIT, Springfield and WPI in football; they also have long-standing relationships with NEWMAC members in other sports.

Patrick B. Summers, the NEWMAC Executive Director, shared his excitement about the announcement saying, “The NEWMAC’s commitment to academic and athletic excellence was once again first and foremost in the decision to bring football under the conference’s umbrella. The ability to add another sport which our institution’s sponsor under the conference’s jurisdiction allows us to help create the best possible experience for our student-athletes and falls in line with the NEWMAC’s Strategic Plan.”

Norwich, Maine Maritime, and Merchant Marine join the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (men’s lacrosse) and Simmons College (women’s rowing) as associate members in the conference.

Summers went on to say “It gives me great pleasure to officially welcome Maine Maritime, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Norwich University to the NEWMAC as associate members in the sport. It has been a pleasure working with these institutions and the NEWMAC administrators to establish NEWMAC football. It was clear that their desire to uphold the NEWMAC’s dedication to both academic and athletic excellence was sincere and made them ideal fit as pioneering members of this sport.”

The NEWMAC will not immediately receive an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Football Championship but institutions will be eligible to qualify for the Division III NCAA Football Championship through an at-large selection. Per NCAA bylaws, there is a two-year waiting period, and the conference should receive an AQ for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The seven football-playing members of the NEWMAC have combined to go to 13 NCAA Tournaments and have played in 22 ECAC Championship Bowl Games. The NEWMAC will continue to evaluate the need for an eighth member.

Mass. College Lax: 113 Days Trailer, 10-Part Web Series Begins April 1st (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan

113 Days - a 10-Part Web Series - will feature the Stonehill College Women's Lacrosse team on its quest for a Division II crown. (Photo Credit: 113 Days/Thompson Films)

113 Days – a 10-Part Web Series – will feature the Stonehill College Women’s Lacrosse team on its quest for a Division II crown. (Photo Credit: 113 Days/Thompson Films)

Thompson Films is set to launch a 10-Part Web Series – 113 Days – beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1st), which will profile the Stonehill College Women’s Lacrosse team.

The 10-Part Web Series will document the Skyhawks’ season, following 25 players and two coaches through the beginning to end of their current season.

A brand new episode of the 10-Part series will be posted on the 113 Days’ YouTube channel at 3:00 p.m. each Wednesday for the next 10 weeks.

Stonehill – currently ranked seventh in the latest Division II Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll – has won nine consecutive games this season, including five road games. The Skyhawks’ last outing featured a 16-9 win over Assumption College, which is currently receiving votes in the IWLCA poll.

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For information on the Stonehill Women’s Lacrosse team – Hop Here

Mass. College Lax: Brown Nets 100th Goal, No. 20 Bentley Soars Past Assumption

By NoontimeSports.com 

Bentley University’s Jackie Brown and Kathleen Gillespie combined for nine goals, which helped the 20th ranked Falcons soar past Assumption College on Tuesday afternoon.

Brown – a senior at Bentley – recorded her 100th goal in a Blue and Gold uniform during the first half when the Falcons were on a 4-0 run that provided the hosts with an 8-5 lead at the break.

Courtesy of the Bentley Sports Information Office, here is this afternoon’s release:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) and freshman Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) combined for nine goals as the 20th ranked Bentley women’s lacrosse team defeated Assumption 19-10 on Tuesday afternoon. Brown netted her 100th career goal in the first half.

Bentley led from start to finish. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead after eight minutes, and led by as much as six goals, 8-2, in the first half. The team’s biggest lead of 10 goals, at 19-9, came after Brown netted her fifth goal of the afternoon with 2:16 left in the game.

Brown needed four goals to reach 100 for her career, and she accomplished it in the first half. She scored the opening goal 2:59 into the contest. After Assumption’s Camille Auger scored two straight to cut into Bentley’s 4-0 lead, Brown scored three of the next four goals as part of a 4-0 Bentley run. Her goal with 6:35 left in the half to give them an 8-2 lead was number 100.

Assumption scored the final three goals of the half to make it an 8-5 game at halftime, and they scored three of the first four goals of the second half to get to within 10-8 with 19:40 remaining.

But the Falcons took over from that point, going on runs of 4-0 and 9-1 to pull away. Gillespie and sophomore Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) each had two goals during the extended run, but five others also scored.

In addition to her four goals, Gillespie came down with 10 draw controls.

With the win, Bentley improves to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in NE-10 play. Assumption drops to 7-3 and 3-3.

The Falcons are back in action on Saturday when they host Southern Connecticut.

Frozen Four: Boston University Captures Northeast Regional (Roundup)

By Matt Noonan 

Boston University punched its ticket to the ‘Frozen Four’ – TD Garden in Boston, Mass. – as the Terriers defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, on Saturday evening in the second round of the NCAA Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena.

BU’s Evan Rodrigues netted two goals, including the game-winner at 17:36 in the third period – his 21st strike of the season – which secured the Terriers a return trip to the TD Garden.

BU's Evan Rodrigues netted a pair of goals, which lifted the Terriers past Minnesota-Duluth this evening, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final. (Photo Credit: BU.edu)

BU’s Evan Rodrigues netted a pair of goals, which lifted the Terriers past Minnesota-Duluth this evening, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final. (Photo Credit: BU.edu)

Last weekend, the Terriers earned back-to-back wins at the Garden on Causeway Street, downing New Hampshire and UMass Lowell en route to winning the Hockey East crown. BU secured the top spot in their region and rallied to defeated Yale yesterday, 3-2, in overtime.

Rodrigues opened the scoring for the Red and White in the opening stanza by locating the back of the Bulldogs’ cage at 7:17 in the first period. Minnesota-Duluth responded Willie Raskob, who scored his fourth goal of the season, which made it 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Matt Lane pushed BU ahead, 2-1, at 3:32 in the second period, but again, the Bulldogs countered with Kyle Osterberg that made it 2-2 after two periods of play.

Matt O’Connor picked up his 24th win between the pipes, deflecting 27 shots, including 11 attempts in both the first and second period. Kasimir Kaskisuo concluded his season 18-14-3 and with 27 saves.

Before BU captured the regional finals, Boston College fell to Denver, 5-2, in the East Regional Semifinal in Providence, Rhode Island.

Will Butcher and Grant Arnold each lit the lamp for Denver during the final stanza that pushed the Pioneers ahead for good. Michael Matheson and Ryan Fitzgerald netted the Eagles’ goals.

In South Bend, Indiana, Jimmy Vesey brought Harvard within one-goal of Nebraska-Omaha early in the third period (2-1), but the Mavericks dashed the Crimson’s potential rally, potting back-to-back open-net goals to secure the win (4-1), their first-ever in NCAA Tournament play.

Mass. College Lax: Defense Carries Wheaton Past Clark, 11-10

By NoontimeSports.com

A strong defensive effort helped the Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team earned their initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWAMC) victory this afternoon against Clark University.

Courtesy of the Wheaton College Sports Information Department, here is this afternoon’s release:

NORTON, Mass. – Tied 10-10 with less than five minutes remaining in the contest, Wheaton College first-year defender Victor Moitinho’s (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) third caused turnover at the 4:55 mark of the matchup led to sophomore midfielder Kyle Neale’s (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) game-winning goal, as the Lyons claimed an eventual 11-10 victory over Clark University in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Nordin Field.

Neale snuck his third goal of the season past Clark University sophomore goalkeeper Drew Riopelle-Tyrrell (Northville, Mich./The Hill Academy)inside the right post with 4:07 left to play in the matchup after taking a feed well before the faceoff-X and beating two defenders in transition.

The Lyons’ defense put the clamps down over the final four minutes of the contest going 2-for-3 in clear attempts, while compiling two saves and one blocked shot to go with two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Wheaton junior goalkeeper Ryan Clair (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School), who made 15 saves to push his record to 6-3 on the year, made a dynamic stop at the 1:43 mark to keep the lead intact.

Clark sophomore attackman Jack Goracy (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) made a heads-up play by taking advantage of a quick restart just inside the Cougars’ offensive third catching Clair and the rest of the defense backpedaling, but Clair responded quickly by centering himself in front of the net despite being well outside of the crease and promptly turned away the game-tying shot attempt from Goracy. Clark was awarded the restart after Wheaton failed to advance the ball offensively.

Cougars’ junior attackman Rob Holden (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) went on to pick up the ground ball, which gave the visitors another scoring chance, however Wheaton senior defender Alfonse Femino (Malden, Mass./Malden) jumped a passing lane behind the net in the right corner of the field and ricocheted an intended pass off of a Clark attackman to regain possession for the Lyons.

Wheaton needed to fight off one more offensive run by the Cougars with 15-seconds to play and the Lyons’s defensive unit did just that blocking a shot attempt in front of Clair. Moitinho then pounced on the loose ball and rifled it all the way down field to eventually claim the victory.

Sophomore Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) paced all scorers with four goals, while first-year Scott Whear (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) netted three strikes. Senior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline), sophomore Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas/St. Michael’s Catholic Academy) and first-year Griffin Phaneuf (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) all tallied solo markers along with Neale’s game-winning goal.

Clark saw its offense come from eight different student-athletes highlighted by a pair of goals from senior Peter Christiansen (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) and junior Ryan Moore (West Hartford, Conn./Conard). Sophomore Andrew Myhre (Middlebury, Vt./Tilton School), Goracy, Holden, senior Keegan Callahan (Tewksbury, Mass./Austin Prep), junior Alex Turgeon (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) and graduate student Ian Daly (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) all found the back of the net once.

Sophomore attackman Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) facilitated the offense with a game-high four assists and Riopelle-Tyrrell finished the contest with 14 saves in net for the Cougars as well.

Wheaton held a slim, 37-34, advantage in shots, while Clark notched a 41-39 differential in ground balls. The Cougars also went 14-for-25 at the face-off X, which were all won by senior face-off specialist Ryan Marsh (Osyter Bay, N.Y./Friends Academy), and 16-for-22 on their clear attempts. The Lyons were 18-for-27 in transition.

With Clark leading 8-5 after receiving with back-to-back goals from Holden and Daly to begin the third, Wheaton responded with five unanswered strikes including three from Morrison to reclaim a 10-8 gap on the scoreboard.

Christiansen and Moore countered the Cougars with goals at 9:46 and 6:03, respectively, in the fourth before Neale turned in the game-winning goal at 4:07.

Clark held a 6-5 lead at halftime as the Cougars turned around a 4-2 differential after the first period with a 4-1 showing in the second.

Wheaton (6-2, 1-0 NEWMAC) hosts UMass Boston in non-conference action next Wednesday on Nordin Field at 4 p.m. Clark (5-3, 0-1 NEWMAC) welcomes Plymouth State University to its campus on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Babson Beats Springfield Forst First Time Since 1979, 12-10

By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first time since 1979, the Babson College men’s lacrosse team defeated Springfield College, 12-10, on Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Courtesy of the Babson College Athletics’ Communication Office, here is this afternoon’s release:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Junior Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) scored three times, and first-year goalkeeper Jordan Shapiro (Pleasantville, N.Y.) made 11 saves as visiting Babson College defeated Springfield College, 12-10, in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

With the win, Babson (4-5, 1-0 NEWMAC) defeated the Pride for the first time since 1979, and snapped the Springfield’s (3-5, 0-1 NEWMAC) 57-game conference-winning streak.

Sophomore Matthew Logan (Downingtown, Pa.) had two goals and two assists, while junior Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) added two goals and one assist for the Beavers. Senior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored twice, and first-year Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) chipped in with two assists and four groundballs. Senior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) and sophomore Zach Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) also finished with four groundballs, while senior Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) and sophomore Daniel Madden (West Islip, N.Y.) tied for team-high honors with three caused turnovers.

Senior Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals to lead the Pride. Junior Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) had two goals, senior Bryce Seriello (Barnstable, Mass.) contributed two assists, and classmates Kevin Sainte (Belmont, Mass.) and Jamey Conley (Waltham, Mass.) both added a goal and an assist apiece. Fellow senior Mark Gonzalez (Tolland, Conn.) won 17-of-25 face-offs and led all players with seven groundballs, while Maxwell Abendroth (Sunapee, N.H.) finished with a game-high four caused turnovers in the loss.

Logan opened the scoring for the Green and White with a man-up goal just 4:59 into the first quarter, but Springfield scored back-to-back markers, the last by Sheehan with 4:08 left in the period, to take a 2-1 lead after 15 minutes. Low finished a pass from Logan to tie the game 36 seconds into the second quarter, but the Pride responded with three of the next four goals, including two by Sheehan, to take a 5-3 advantage with 2:31 left in the second quarter.

Despite winning just 3-of-10 first-half face-offs, the Beavers forced Springfield into 13 turnovers in the opening half. The Pride had the ball with a chance to extended its lead with under a minute to go in the first half, but Coan scored following a turnover with 19 seconds left in the half, and Shapiro denied Boss with one second left as Babson went into the break trailing 5-4.

Shapiro came up with another big save on a Springfield extra-man opportunity just over two and a half minutes into the third quarter, and Coan converted a feed from Fabel to tie the game at 5-5 with 11:12 left in the stanza. Boss put the Pride back in front just 33 seconds later, but the Green and White ripped off four straight goals over the final 7:15 of the third to take control of the game.

Logan and Barsalou gave the Beavers a 7-6 lead with 6:41 to go after capitalizing on turnovers, and Russo notched his only goal of the afternoon 31 seconds later to make it a two-goal game. Shapiro denied Gonzalez’s shot on the ensuing face-off, and Low struck for his second goal of the game with just 32 seconds to go in the third to give Babson a 9-6 lead.

Barsalou scored to give the Green and White a four-goal lead with 11:42 to go in the game, but Sainte ended a Pride scoring drought of over 18 minutes with his goal to make it 10-7 with 7:21 left. Babson countered with back-to-back goals by Low and junior John Harrison (Pembroke, Mass.) though, to take its biggest lead of the game at 12-7 with 1:41 left. Springfield scored three times over the final 1:20, but Shapiro made a save on senior Matt Dalton (Somers, N.Y.) in the closing seconds to preserve the victory.

Junior Kevin Ostrom (Barnstable, Mass.) and sophomore Chris Santaniello (West Springfield, Mass.) combined to make 13 saves for the Pride, while held a 42-37 advantage in shots and a 39-33 edge in groundballs.

The Beavers were 19-of-22 on clears, and scored the only man-up goal of the game.

Babson returns to action next Saturday when it travels to MIT at 1 p.m., while Springfield visits cross-town rival Western New England on Thursday at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Beavers have now won their conference opener in eight of the last night years going back to 2007…Babson is 4-0 this season and has won 10 striaght games going back to last season when scoring at least nine goals…the Beavers have outscored their opponents 20-12 in the third quarter this spring…the victory was the first of the season for Babson when trailing at halftime.