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Mass. College Lax: Springfield Tops Babson, Captures The NEWMAC Crown

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College Athletics Communication Office, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse championship game against Babson College:

Springfield, Mass. – May 3, 2014 – Led by Most Outstanding Player Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.), the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team defeated Babson College, 12-6, to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Stagg Field Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Springfield improves to 14-3 and earns an automatic qualifying bid to the upcoming NCAA Championship. The entire 2014 NCAA Division III Championship field will be announced at 10:00 pm on Sunday evening on a selection show airing on NCAA.com. The loss drops Babson’s record to 11-7. For just the third time in the last 14 seasons, including twice in the last three years, Springfield has reached the 14-win plateau.

Springfield College's men's lacrosse team celebrates their NEWMAC Championship on Saturday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

Springfield College’s men’s lacrosse team celebrates their NEWMAC Championship on Saturday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

The victory marks Springfield’s 56th-straight win over league opponents as the Pride is headed to the NCAA Championship for the seventh-straight season. After winning the last six Pilgrim Lacrosse League titles, the Pride won the NEWMAC’s first men’s lacrosse title since it last offered the sport in 2004.

Springfield held a 46-26 edge in shots and won 17 of the game’s 22 face-offs. Abad netted a game-high four goals and added an assist, while Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) registered three assists and a goal. Branden Fernandez (Warwick, N.Y.) dominated the “x”, winning 16-of-21 draws and picking up 11 ground balls.

For Babson, Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) posted two assists and a goal, while Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) found the back of the cage twice. Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) made 15 saves in goal and Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) caused three turnovers.

Just 1:07 into the game, Abad dodged to his left and stung a shot stick side high from 10 yards out to put the hosts on top. However, Babson answered back with the game’s next three goals and would take a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.

The Beavers run started at the 7:57 mark as Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) let a bid fly from 15 yards that beat Springfield goalie Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), who was screened on the play. Barsalou put the visitors on top with 2:24 remaining as he blasted a low shot and Alex Youngwell (Huntington, N.Y.) added to Babson’s lead after he bullied his way towards the cage and struck just inside the left post with 46 seconds left.

Springfield came out with an offensive focus to start the second, netting three goals in the first 4:21 of the frame. Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) got things started in the second by blistering a shot off a feed from Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) just 32 seconds into the stanza. Abad continued Springfield’s momentum with his second of the afternoon on a strike from 15 yards before Lynch delivered a gorgeous feed to Sheehan who finished inside to regain a 4-3 lead.

The Pride opened up a 5-3 cushion on Abad’s third of the afternoon as he connected on the run with 2:24 left in the half. However, after the Pride were flagged for slashing, Babson’s John Obadia (Port Washington, N.Y.) netted a man-up marker with 12 ticks left to make it a 5-4 game heading into the half.

Babson evened things at five apiece with 6:29 left in the third quarter as Low converted a beautiful finish along the crease off a pass from Barsalou.

From that point on, the Pride reeled off five unanswered to take control of the game with a 10-5 lead. Springfield went back ahead for good after Abad found a streaking Serriello, who teed one up from 10 yards for a laser of a strike with 3:58 on the clock in the third. Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) put the crowd on its feet after a goal in an unsettled situation in which he raced past defense and finished while being checked at the 2:34 mark. After scooping up a ground ball on a Daroff save, Matt Fleisher (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) found the top shelf on a jump shot just 32 seconds later to make it an 8-5 contest heading into the fourth.

Abad netted his fourth of the game just 52 seconds into the fourth to make it a four-goal game and Lynch snagged a critical ground ball at midfield and raced towards goal, only to deliver a perfect pass to an uncoming Colby Verge (Derry, N.H.) in transition for another marker at 11:24.

Low finally scored the Beavers first goal in over 10 minutes on a finish along the crease, but the Pride proved to strong down the stretch, as a man-up goal from Kevin Sainte (Belmont, Mass.) and Lynch goal off a Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) put the exclamation point on the championship win.

Mass. College Lax: Babson, Springfield To Meet In The NEWMAC Championship

Babson's Brendan Coan recorded one of two first quarter goals for the Beavers. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Babson College’s Brendan Coan netted one goal against MIT on Wednesday evening in the NEWMAC semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Babson College men’s lacrosse team punched its ticket to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship with a 10-6 victory over MIT on Wednesday evening in the rain.

“They’re a strong team,” said Babson’s Alex Packer, who finished the contest with three points on two helpers and one strike. “It was definitely a good win for us, we worked hard (this evening).”

Babson’s Matthew Logan and Alex Bunick netted two tallies, respectively, while Adam Daroff and Giles Ober combined for five stops.

Harris Stolzenberg, who leads the conference and MIT in goals (39), recorded three points on two assists and one strike, while Graham Francis netted two tallies, both coming in the second half. Eric Bartell, who leads the NEWMAC in saves (181), concluded the evening with 11 stops.

The Beavers earned a 2-0 lead thanks to back-to-back first quarter tallies from Spencer Low and Brendan Coan before MIT sliced the deficit with a marker from Luke Verdi. Babson responded at 4:25 in the second quarter with a Scott Doten strike, which provided the hosts with a 3-1 lead at the break.

MIT evened the score at 3-3 with early third quarter strikes from Graham Francis and Stolzenberg, but Babson answered with back-to-back goals by Logan and Packer that pushed the Beavers ahead 5-3.

Henry Merrow brought the Engineers within one with 13:24 remaining in the final session, but that’d be the closest MIT would get as Babson used a 4-0 run, sparked by Bunick that pushed the Beavers ahead for good.

“The looks were there and they were open, but we weren’t catching them in the first half, but the second half we really clicked back in and put them in the goal,” said Packer.

Babson outshot MIT, 41-21 and won the battle of groundballs, 45-39. The Engineers won 10 of 18 face-offs, highlighted by Britt Cyr, who led all players at X.

“We played reasonably well, but we just couldn’t make enough plays in the end,” said MIT head coach Walter Alessi. “(Our guys) played to their ability and even above, but (Babson) just made a few more plays… but the kids played hard right to the end.”

With the win, the Beavers will travel to Springfield on Saturday to face-off against the Pride in a Pilgrim League Championship rematch from last season.

“We’ve got to continue to fight and continue to claw and try to go for 60 minutes and give them every little bit that we have because if we don’t we won’t have another opportunity,” said Babson head coach Brendan Gorman.

Springfield 13, Clark 3: The Pride used a 6-0 run spanning the first and second quarters that helped Springfield overcome a 2-0 deficit and go onto defeat the Cougars in the NEWMAC semifinals.

Bryce Serriello led Springfield with four tallies, while Dylan Sheehan registered two goals and two assists. Connor Nash, who started the game in net, turned away seven of nine shots.

Clark’s Nick Johnson and John Goracy combined for three helpers and one tally in the setback.

Mass. College Lax: Low, Bunick Lead Babson Past MIT, 14-6

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Babson College men’s lacrosse team earned its eighth straight win — a program-record — as the Beavers defeated MIT this evening, 14-6. Below is the release, courtesy of the Babson Athletics Communication Department:

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) scored a game-high three goals and junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) added two goals and two assists, lifting Babson College to 14-6 victory over visiting MIT in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday night at MacDowell Field.

With its eighth straight win, which marks the longest winning streak in program history, Babson is now 10-5 overall and 5-0 in conference play, while MIT, which had won four straight games, drops to 8-7 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Bobby MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) and sophomore John Harrison (Pembroke, Mass.) each had two goals for the Beavers, while sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) scored once and chipped in with two assists. First-year Zach Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) led all players with nine groundballs and five caused turnovers, both career highs, and junior Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) contributed six groundballs and four caused turnovers to go along with his second goal of the season.

Sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) had two goals and first-year Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) added a goal and an assist for the Engineers.

The Green and White got off to a fast start with three goals in the opening 4:51 of the first quarter. Doten and senior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio) scored 48 seconds apart to grab a 2-0 lead at the 12:13 mark and Cattaruzza worked a give-and-go with Packer for a transition score to make it 3-0 with 10:09 left in the period.

The Beavers killed off a pair of penalties early in the second quarter and senior goalkeeper Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) and his counterpart, sophomore Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) of MIT, took turns denying multiple scoring chances. The Engineers finally got the on board with 7:45 left in the stanza as first-year Zak Psaras (Monroe, Conn.) scored in transition to cut the deficit to 3-1. Stolzenberg made it a one-goal game just 55 seconds later, intercepting Daroff’s clearing pass and scoring on a breakaway, but Low converted the first of his three goals with 2:23 remaining to help Babson regain a 4-2 lead at the break.

Tallies by Harrison and Bunick gave the Green and White a four-goal edge 3:26 into the third before the teams traded the next four goals, capped by sophomore Alex Youngwall’s (Huntington, N.Y.) 10th marker of the year to put the hosts in front 8-4 with 4:23 left in the period. Harrison struck for his second score of the night with 47 seconds to go in the third, and Bunck and Low added back-to-back goals just 12 seconds apart to start the fourth as Babson pushed its lead to 11-4 with 14:12 to go in the game.

Low used a feed from Bunick to complete his hat trick and cap a five-goal run, giving the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 12-4 with 10:02 remaining. Both teams added a pair of goals over the last 7:32 for the final margin.

Daroff  made five of his eight saves in the first half for Babson, while Bartell made six of his eight stops over the first 30 minutes.

The Green and White held a 42-24 advantage in shots and had a 54-37 edge in groundballs. Each team won 12 face-offs and the Beavers forced 31 turnovers on the night.

Both teams will conclude the regular season on Saturday as Babson welcomes Springfield to MacDowell Field for a 1 p.m. start, while MIT hosts Mass. Maritime Academy at 11 a.m.

GAME NOTES: Babson is now 25-12 all-time against MIT and has won five consecutive meetings going back to 2010…Wednesday’s victory was the 50th for head coach Brendan Gorman, who has now won 10 games in each of his first five seasons at the helm…the win means that the Beavers will either finish first or second in the NEWMAC and will host a conference tournament semifinal contest next Wednesday against either Clark or MIT…Babson has allowed six goals or less in each of the last seven games…a win over Springfield on Saturday would give the Beavers their most wins since 2003 and their first conference title since 1990.

Mass. College Lax: Babson Rallies To Defeat Clark In OT

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Babson College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against Clark University:

WORCESTER, Mass.—Sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) gave visiting Babson College its only lead of the night with his game-winning score 1:13 into overtime as the Beavers defeated Clark University, 7-6, in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Granger Field.

With its seventh consecutive win, Babson (9-5, 4-0 NEWMAC) ties the 1979 squad for the most wins consecutive wins in program history. Clark, which had its two-game winning streak snapped, falls to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

Sophomore Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) had a game-high three goals and Doten scored twice and chipped in with an assist for the Beavers. Junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) added a goal and an assist while classmate Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) led all players with nine groundballs and five caused turnovers.

First-year John Goracy (Lumberton, N.J.) led the Cougars with two goals and one assist while junior Keegan Callahan (Tewksbury, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Moore (West Hartford, Conn.) both scored once and dished out one assist.

Clark took its biggest lead of the game in the first quarter as Goracy opened the scoring at the 11:14 mark and first-year Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) and Moore followed with tallies to make it 3-0 with 3:44 left in the period. Low converted a feed from senior Bobby MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) to put the Green and White on the board just 51 seconds into the second quarter, but Goracy struck for his second goal of the night with 2:43 left in the stanza to give the Cougars a 4-1 halftime edge.

Babson junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) again cut the deficit to two with his only goal of the night 1:31 into the third, but Clark first-year Darius Jagminas (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored with 3:59 left in the quarter to push the lead back to three at 5-2. Low notched his second goal just 18 seconds later though, converting a feed from senior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio), and then completed his hat trick with a man-up marker just over two minutes later to get the Beavers within one after three periods.

Callahan put the Cougars back in front 6-4 with 7:03 left, but Doten finished a feed from Bunick for a man-up goal at the 5:16 mark to cut the deficit in half. Bunick then struck for his sixth goal of the year in transition to tie the game with 1:48 to go. The Green and White won the ensuing face-off and got another man-up opportunity following a push on Clark, but senior goalkeeper Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) denied Barsalou with 43 seconds left. The Cougars were able to successfully clear the ball, but Babson senior goalkeeper Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) stuffed an attempt by Johnson in the waning seconds to force overtime.

The Beavers had the only possession of overtime as first-year Connor Hinton (Florham Park, N.J.) won the face-off and Doten finished off the comeback with his second game-winning tally of the year with 2:47 left in the extra session.

Daroff finished with 14 saves for the Green and White, nine of which came in the first half, while Ranta stopped 13 shots for Clark.

The Beavers held a 39-25 edge in shots, a 41-31 advantage in groundballs and were 2-for-6 on man-up opportunities, while holding the Cougars scoreless on their two extra-man chances. The Green and White also finished the night a perfect 18-for-18 on clear attempts.

Babson will be off until next Wednesday when it hosts MIT at 7 p.m., while Clark welcomes Massachusetts Maritime Academy to Granger Field on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.

Mass. College Lax: Late Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are today’s late afternoon and early evening contests.

Men’s Lacrosse

Babson 12, Skidmore 5: Spencer Low recorded five goals and one assist, while Adam Daroff turned away nine shots as the Beavers earned their first win of the 2014 season.

No. 10 Dowling 12, Assumption 4: Kevin McElhone provided the Golden Lions with the lead for good when he netted his second of six goals in the first quarter as Dowling downed Assumption in Worcester. The Greyhounds received goals from Garrett SmithIan MackTy Martina and Peter Gersbeck.

Mount Saint Vincent 12, Anna Maria 3: The Dolphins netted five goals in the first 15 minutes to secure their first win of the season. Rex Wall scored the AMCATs’ first goal of the season at 7:44 in the second, which halted a seven-goal spurt. Wall netted his second goal of the season in the third, while Lucas Stralka registered the team’s final tally at 7:31.