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


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.

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


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 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: Second Half Rally Lifts Springfield Past Babson, 13-11


Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse game against Babson College:

Springfield, Mass. – April 27, 2013Ryan Murphy racked up four goals and an assist to lead the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team to a thrilling 13-11, come-from-behind victory over Pilgrim League rival Babson on Saturday afternoon.

The visiting Beavers were paced by senior attack Alex Patinkin’s three goals and one helper. Kyle Barsalou added two goals, an assist, and three ground balls and freshman Scott Doten registered two goals and three ground balls as well.

The win gives the Pride the number one overall seed in the upcoming Pilgrim League tournament, and their 47th consecutive victory over conference opponents. Springfield has not dropped a game in league play since a 2006.

Springfield freshman Brendan Boss notched another hat trick for the home team and added an assist and three ground balls to fill out the stat sheet. Ryon Lynch potted a pair of goals, dished out an assist, and scooped six of the team’s 41 ground balls on the afternoon. Tony LaGuerre, Bryce Cerreillo, Mike Donoghue, and Kevin Sainte all chipped in with one goal apiece, and Matt Dalton grabbed a team-high eight ground balls.

The visitors came out firing early with a Doten goal just over four minutes into the game and Patinkin put the Beavers up 2-0 midway through the first after slipping past his defender. The Pride quickly responded, with Lynch rebounding a missed goal for an easy putback in front of the net to cut the lead in half. Murphy would tie things up at two early after taking a nice pass from Giannelli into the zone on a transition play.

After the early back and forth, it was all Babson for the rest of the first half, as the Beavers went into the break leading 9-3. The 8-1 spurt was fueled by Patinkin’s second and third goals and capped with a spinning strike from Barsalou with less than a minute left in the second frame.

Springfield shifted the momentum quickly out of the intermission, clawing its way back into the contest throughout the third period. Boss scored off a Serreillo assist less than a minute into the third to set the tone. Springfield then added three more goals in a span of two and a half minutes, as Sainte, Boss, and LaGuerre brought the Pride back within two at 9-7 with five minutes left in the period.

The play of the game would cap off a brilliant third period from the hosts, as the Pride got the ball out in transition with less than 10 seconds left on the clock. Colby Verge fired a pass up field to Lynch, who moved it ahead quickly to Boss. Babson goalie James Whalen started towards Boss, who flicked an easy pass to Murphy for the wide-open score as the home crowd erupted.

Babson held the one goal lead at 10-9 with less than 11 minutes to go in the game, but it was Springfield’s second-half surge that would decide the Pilgrim League regular season crown. Murphy tied the game at 10 and Lynch put Springfield ahead for good with a leaping goal midway through the fourth. Donoghue and Boss tacked on two insurance goals for the Pride, and that ended up being the difference in the 13-11 win. Springfield outscored Babson 10-2 in the second half, including the 5-0 third.

Springfield outshot the visitors 36-29, held a 15-12 edge in faceoffs, and scooped up 41 ground balls to Babson’s 34. Whalen finished with eight saves in the loss for the Beavers, while Connor Nash came in to earn the win in the second half, posting fours and surrendering just two goals.

Mass. College Lax: Lynch Leads Springfield Past Mass. Maritime, 15-4


Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse game:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. —  Junior Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) netted a pair of goals and two assists to lead Springfield to a 15-4 Pilgrim Lacrosse League victory over Massachusetts Maritime Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

The host Pride (5-7, 3-0 Pilgrim) scored all 10 goals in the opening half of play to take control of the contest, including a pair of man-up markers off the stick of sophomore Bryce Serriello, and after freshman C.J. Hanson (Melrose, Mass.) got the visiting Buccaneers (2-8, 0-3 Pilgrim) on the board 4:34 after intermission with a man-up marker, Springfield tallied four more scores, including Lynch’s second of the day, to ice its triumph.

Senior Jon Santer (East Longmeadow, Mass.) added a pair of tallies in the victory for Springfield, which also received two goals and an assist each from junior Matt Fleisher (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and freshman Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.).  Junior Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.) also netted two goals on the day for the Pride, who also received a marker and two assists from sophomore Kevin Sainte (Belmont, Mass.) as well as a tally and helper from freshman Tony LaGuerre (Shrub Oak, N.Y.).  Junior Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) also scored in the win for the hosts, who also received assists from junior Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomores Jamey Conley (Waltham, Mass.) and Matt Dalton (Somers, N.Y.).

Hanson tallied twice in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received goals from freshmen Matthew Montuori (Framingham, Mass.) and Pat Clifford (Norwood, Mass.) as well as single assists off the sticks of sophomore Drew Prowse (Wakefield, Mass.) and freshman Anthony Kurylak (Rye, N.Y.).  Junior Robert Maher (Katonah, N.Y.) picked up the win in goal for Springfield with four first half saves, while junior Kevin MacBride (Merrick, N.Y.) and freshman Kevin Ostrom (Barnstable, Mass.) combined for three second half stops for the hosts.  Junior Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass.) made 18 saves through the first three quarters of action for Massachusetts Maritime, which received four fourth quarter stops from freshman James Klose (Ellicott City, Md.) as the Pride outshot the Buccaneers by a 56-22 margin for the contest while holding a 19-3 advantage in face-offs on the day.

Massachusetts Maritime travels to Cobleskill, N.Y. on Monday afternoon to take on SUNY-Cobleskill in a non-league match that begins at 4:00 p.m., while Springfield travels to Worcester, Mass. on Wednesday evening to take on Clark in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League outing beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Regis-Springfield Game Preview

Regis College's Peter Leighton recorded a game-best seven points against Daniel Webster last week! (Photo Credit: Regis College Athletics)

Regis College’s Peter Leighton recorded a game-best seven points against Daniel Webster last week! (Photo Credit: Regis College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Our Wednesday lacrosse coverage continues as this evening Noontime Sports will be pacing the sidelines of Regis-Springfield, which starts at 6 p.m.

Both teams enter the contest having won their last match as Regis defeated Daniel Webster, 13-5, while Springfield snapped a six-game skid with an 11-10 victory against Western New England.

Meet Regis: The Pride concluded March with an impressive win against NECC (New England Collegiate Conference) foe Daniel Webster. Peter Leighton led all players with a game-best seven points (three goals, four assists), Billy Stewart registered four goals and two assists, and Nicky Rodrigo netted a hat trick.

Excluding their victory against the Eagles, the Pride has also defeated Dallas and Rivier this season.

Meet Springfield: The Pride began their campaign with an enormous victory against Gordon College before dropping their next six games. However, they relocated the win column last Saturday with an impressive victory against the Golden Bears as Ryan Murphy netted the game-winner with three ticks remaining.

Last Meeting: Springfield defeated Regis in their inaugural meeting last season, 16-4. Chris Campell led Regis with two strikes, while Springfield’s Murphy, Sean Doolady and Kevin Sainte finished with two goals apiece.  

Players To Watch: For Regis, keep an eye on Rodrigo, who is having a fantastic first season. He’s recorded three points or more in six of eight contests, as well as tallied five points against Daniel Webster, Rivier and Southwestern, and four points against Becker College and Emerson College.

For Springfield, it’s Ryon Lynch, who leads the unit with 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists). The junior attack has been a pivotal part of the Pride’s offense by locating dodgers for goals.

Interesting Statistic: Springfield College is 19-3 in the month of April since 2010. They didn’t lose a single game last season, but lost twice in 2011 and once in 2010.

Live Stats: Can’t make the game? Do not worry because you can follow the live stats courtesy of the Regis sports information department by CLICKING HERE 

* For more information on Regis men’s lacrosse — HOP HERE

* For more information on Springfield men’s lacrosse — HOP HERE