D3 Lax Notebook: Babson Picked To Win The NEWMAC; Oglethorpe’s Impressive Start

Ryan Donovan and the Babson College men’s lacrosse team were picked to win the NEWMAC this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jon Endow)

By NoontimeSports.com

Babson College concluded its 2021 campaign by winning their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament title, along with a trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The Beavers’ last appearance in the national postseason came in 1979.

Months after their season concluded with an opening-round setback to Tufts University, Babson was picked to win the league, according to Tuesday’s press release from the NEWMAC office.  

Coach Rocky Batty returns seven starters from last year’s squad, including Ryan Donovan, a Cohasset, Massachusetts native, that led the Beavers with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists to go with eight ground balls and one caused turnover. Peter Chisholm also returns after placing second on the team in points with 12 goals and three helpers while Mac Mowat is back for his senior season after starting all six games between the pipes.

Babson’s 2022 season begins Saturday, February 19 with a visit to Roger Williams University, a team the Beavers defeated at the beginning of their 2020 campaign.

The Beavers’ initial home contest will take place next Wednesday, February 23 against Bates College. Babson edged Bates in overtime two years ago, thanks to Owen Allen, who located the back of the Bobcats’ cage with 1:05 remaining in the extra session.

Babson will conclude the opening month of the 2022 season with a trip to Union College next Saturday, February 26.

Oglethorpe women’s lacrosse begins its season with three-straight wins

Following a 4-4 record last spring, Oglethorpe University has commenced its season with three-straight wins, including a 22-8 victory yesterday against Erskine College.   

The 22 goals are the most the Petrels have recorded in a single contest since producing 21 goals last March against Birmingham-Southern College.

Ally Moir highlighted Oglethorpe’s third-straight win by registering seven goals and four assists while goalie Asia Williams tallied 14 saves. As a team, the Petrels forced 13 turnovers, scooped 32 ground balls, and were a perfect seven-for-seven on clears.

Oglethorpe’s three-game winning streak is their best start in program history, which should certainly provide the squad with some momentum heading into a pair of non-conference games later this month before their initial Southern Athletic Association (SAA) meeting with Hendrix College on Saturday, March 5.

Coach Autumn Johnson believes her squad has the potential to truly contend with some of the top teams in the SAA this spring but will need to focus their attention on the basics for a successful season.

“We’re trying to move up in the ranks, as well, (but) we know that starts with catching, passing, and communication, so those are the things we’re working on this season (by) trying to emphasize and perfect so that we have the ability to do that hopefully this season, but of course, the seasons following, as well,” said Johnson when discussing her team’s outlook earlier this month.

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