New England D3 Lax Notebook: Endicott Provides Coach Hagarty With First Win On Sidelines

Endicott College alum and head coach Eric Hagarty earned his first win on the sidelines Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Endicott College Athletics)
Endicott College alum and head coach Eric Hagarty earned his first win on the sidelines Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Endicott College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Endicott College men’s lacrosse head coach Eric Hagarty earned his first official win on the sidelines as the Gulls earned a dramatic 13-12 double-overtime win against 14th ranked Union College on Wednesday afternoon.

Peter Field Jr. netted the game-winning goal in the second overtime session to snap an early two-game skid.

Endicott fell in back-to-back contests to start its seasons, including a 16-15 overtime setback to Stevens last weekend.

Field Jr. finished with four goals, Colin Bannon recorded a trio of goals and assists, and Cameron Bell stopped 10 shots. Bannon was credited with the assist on the game-winning goal.

Endicott will enjoy a six-day layoff before facing sixth-ranked Middlebury College on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m.

MIT men’s lacrosse wins season-openerMichael Traub and Mitch Turley each netted a pair of goals, Eric Bartell deflected 16 shots as the Engineers commenced their 2016 campaign with a 12-8 victory over Emmanuel College.

Emmanuel received four goals from Justin Kelly, who also recorded one helper in the loss. Tony Cibelli notched a pair of goals in the win, while Austin Rosenberg turned aside 15 shots in his collegiate debut.

MIT outshot Emmanuel, 40-37, while the Saints won 12 of 23 face-offs, thanks to Tony Marcella.

The Engineers travel to Skidmore on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. face-off, while Emmanuel returns to action Monday, March 7 against Alfred University in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Saints will also play Merchant Marine in Myrtle beach with face-off scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

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: Stolzenberg, Traub Guide MIT Past Wheaton, 9-6

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against MIT:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team fell to MIT, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference play at Nordin Field.

Prior to this afternoon’s contest, Wheaton seniors Cam Hanlon (Hanson, Mass./B.C. High)Jesse O’Neil (Charlestown, Mass./Boston Latin)Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth)Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling)Patrick Crane (Vernon, Conn./Rockville) and William Scott (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) were honored for their contributions towards the men’s lacrosse program.

Wheaton freshman Will Morison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) paced the Blue and White with two tallies. Classmates Eric Jansen (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and Barrett Jenness (Edmonds, Wash./The Overlake School) and junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) and sophomore Brian Teague (Cross River, N.Y./Salisbury School) all finished with one tally apiece. Bramhall also stopped 12 shots in net for the Lyons.

MIT freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla./Pine Crest) recorded a game-high five points on four goals and one assist, while classmate Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel) chipped in with one marker and three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) finished with 11 saves to pick up his eighth win between the pipes.

The Engineers collected a game-high 39 ground balls and converted 17 of 20 clear attempts, while the Lyons scooped up 33 ground balls and finished 14 for 19 on clears. MIT outshot Wheaton, 34-28, and scored two man-up goals. Wheaton won 11 of 19 face-offs, highlighted by freshman Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) who won five.

Morrison provided the hosts with an early lead with 11:22 remaining in the opening session before MIT used a 5-0 run, sparked by a Traub tally, which provided the Engineers with a 5-2 lead at the break.

Wheaton evened the score early in the second half as Hillman, Teague and Morrison each scored one goal to tie the game at 5-5. The Lyons game-tying goal came in transition as freshman Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) caused a turnover in the defensive third, scooped up the ground ball and fired a pass down field to classmate Casey Buchholz (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) who sprinted through the Engineers’ defense and eventually fed a wide open Morrison for the strike.

MIT responded with a man-up goal from Stolzenberg, who raced toward the Wheaton cage from the far side and whipped a shot past Bramhall to push the guests ahead by one heading into the final frame. The Engineers extended their lead for good by netting three consecutive strikes to seal the win.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday, April 23 as Wheaton (4-9, 1-4 NEWMAC) hosts Emerson College, while MIT (8-6, 3-1 NEWMAC) travels to Babson College. Both contests will commence at 7 p.m.

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Mass. College Lax: Three Games To Watch On Saturday (#d3lax)

Joe Cunning and Lasell will host Emmanuel College in an important GNAC clash tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Joe Cunning and Lasell will host Emmanuel College in an important GNAC clash tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Saturday’s are always busy days in the lacrosse world, especially in Division 3. Tomorrow, though, should be a fun afternoon with a slew of conference tilts that’ll certainly feel like playoff contests.

Below are a few games to follow via Twitter or through live stats and video.

Emmanuel @ Lasell, 12 p.m.: Let’s start in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) where Emmanuel College will travel to Newton to face-off against Lasell College. This is a de-facto conference regular season champion match with the winner securing the top spot for next week’s tournament. Both teams have won nine conference games, but neither unit has dropped a GNAC tilt.

Emmanuel (11-3, 9-0 GNAC) is riding an 11-game winning streak, thanks to their goaltender Austin Lauzier, who is fifth in the country in goals against average (5.88). Earlier this week, he was named the GNAC Goalie of the Week for his performance in back-to-back games against Becker College and Norwich University. Chris Baglivi was tabbed Rookie of the Week for his performance on defense. The Saints outscored the Cadets and Hawks, 19-7. Earlier this week, Emmanuel picked up its ninth conference win when they defeated St. Joe’s (Maine), 8-3. Michael Rogers recorded a hat trick in the win.

Lasell (10-4, 9-0 GNAC) hasn’t lost a game in April. The Lasers earned a 13-9 win against Anna Maria last Saturday on ‘Senior Day’ before defeating Daniel Webster on Wednesday, 20-7. Andrew Suh ranks fourth in the conference in assists (25), while goaltender David Walen is second in save percentage (64.5).

The Lasers have won their last two regular season meetings with the Saints, including a double-overtime victory in 2013.

MIT @ Wheaton, 1 p.m.:  The last time the Engineers defeated the Lyons was the same year the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. Since April 25, 2007, Wheaton has defeated MIT each season.

MIT travels to Norton, Mass. for a big NEWMAC clash with Wheaton. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
MIT travels to Norton, Mass. for a big NEWMAC clash with Wheaton. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Saturday’s clash, though, could determine potential seeding for the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament, which doesn’t begin until the end of April. MIT is currently in third place, two spots below Babson College and Springfield College, while Wheaton is sixth. Wheaton is coming off an exciting double-overtime victory against Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Wednesday evening. Brian Teague sealed the win for the Lyons with a strike at 3:17 in the second overtime period and Will Morrison scored a career-best four goals.

MIT’s Harris Stolzenberg leads the conference in goals (31), while Michael Traub is fourth with 26 strikes. Eric Bartell is first in the NEWMAC in saves with 145. His best outing occurred earlier this season when he deflected 16 shots in an 8-7 win over Emmanuel College.

This should be a back-and-fourth affair, so don’t expect either squad to run away following the initial face-off. Wheaton needs a win to keep its postseason hopes alive.

Wesleyan @ Tufts, 1 p.m.: Since falling to Williams College on April 1, the Jumbos have been on fire. Tufts rebounded with an 18-3 win against Hamilton College before defeating Endicott College, 18-13, in a back-and-fourth affair. The Jumbos extended its current winning streak to four-games by defeating Amherst College last Saturday, 25-12, and Bates College this week, 22-14.

Tufts’ final two contests, though, won’t be easy tasks. They’ll welcome the Cardinals of Wesleyan University to Medford tomorrow. Both teams enter the contest 7-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, and a win would provide the winner with the top seed heading into the conference tournament.

According to NCAA.com, the Jumbos lead all Division 3 offenses with 18.58 goals per game. Chris Schoenhut is fifth in the country in goals per game (3.67) and leads the Powder Blue and White with 51 tallies. John Uppgren leads the unit in points (77) with 40 goals and 37 assists, while Cole Bailey is second on the team in points (69). Beau Wood is currently third on the squad in points (62) with 43 tallies and 19 assists.

Wesleyan enters tomorrow’s contest on a three-game winning streak. They’re 4-1 on the road and recently defeated Bowdoin College, Trinity College and Williams.