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: Wheaton’s Kiablick, Soucier Highlights NEWMAC WLAX All-Conference Honors

By NoontmeSports.com 

The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team received some exciting news today as head coach Emily Kiablick was selected as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year, while senior co-capatin Devon Soucier was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference first team. For more on these exciting achievements, here’s this afternoon’s release courtesy of the Wheaton sports information department:

NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College women’s lacrosse senior Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference first team and head coach Emily Kiablick was selected as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year to highlight the list of honorees for the Lyons.

Kiablick claims her second career NEWMAC Coach of the Year award after guiding Wheaton to its second-straight undefeated regular season title (14-0) and first conference championship since 2004, third overall. In six seasons at the helm of the program, Kiablick has compiled a 56-52 overall record and a 24-13 mark in conference play. The Lyons have also qualified for the NEWMAC Tournament in every season Kiablick has coached and captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship in 2012.

With her third career selection to the All-Conference first team, Soucier becomes just the sixth student-athlete in program history to earn three All-Conference selections joining Lauren Maynes ’04Vanessa Pisano ’05,A.J. Vasiliou ’05Meredith Hurt ’08 and Hailey Colburn ’12 on the list. Maynes, Pisano and Vasiliou are the only student-athletes in program history to claim four-career All-Conference accolades.

Soucier will enter the NCAA Tournament later this May ranked second all-time in draw controls (165), third in caused turnovers (122) and ninth in ground balls (167). Among all NEWMAC student-athletes this season, Soucier ranks third in caused turnovers (26), fourth in draw controls (65) and fifth in ground balls (42).

Seniors Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) and Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) round out the list of award winners for Wheaton as the trio was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team.

Bright was a key component to the Lyons’ success on the defense this season as the senior collected 28 ground balls, caused 12 turnovers and won four draw controls in addition to scoring five goals on six shots on offense. In her career, Bright has played in 71 games, amassed ten goals and eight assists for 18 points, scooped up 71 ground balls, caused 35 turnovers and registered 26 draw controls.

Mills picks up her second-career NEWMAC All-Conference selection after earning Player of the Year honors and a first team nod last season. In 2014, Mills tallied 33 goals and eight assists for 41 points to finish 12th, 21st and 18th in the NEWMAC, respectively.

Sabol, the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, ranked in the top-10 in several offensive and defensive categories this past season to claim her first-career NEWMAC All-Conference selection. Offensively, Sabol ranked third in points (74) and assists (24) and seventh in goals (50), while she also ranked third in ground balls (45), seventh in caused turnovers (21) and 14th in draw controls (36) on the defensive end.

In two games played in the NEWMAC Tournament, Sabol notched three goals, two assists, nine ground balls, 12 draw controls and three caused turnovers. In the championship game alone, Sabol netted one goal, dished out two assists, scooped up four ground balls, won nine draw controls – including seven-straight to begin the contest – and caused two turnovers.

Wheaton (13-6, 7-0 NEWMAC), who has has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, now awaits its seeding fate on Sunday, May 4 when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9:30 p.m. (EST). The Lyons will enter the NCAA Tournament one victory shy of tying the second highest wins total in a single season set in 2012 (14-6).

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton Captures Third Conference Championship, Tops Babson, 8-5

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship tilt against Babson College:

NORTON, Mass. – First-seeded Wheaton College claimed its third New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Lacrosse Tournament championship in program history on Sunday afternoon at Nordin Field as the Lyons defeated Babson College, 8-5.

With the win, Wheaton (13-6, 7-0 NEWMAC) has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament and now awaits its seeding fate on Sunday, May 4 when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9:30 p.m. (EST). Babson, who made its eighth-straight appearance in the NEWMAC Championship game today, sees its season come to a close at 6-11 overall.

Wheaton sophomore attack Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) was named the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the NEWMAC Tournament as she compiled three goals, two assists, nine ground balls, 12 draw controls and three caused turnovers in two games played. In the championship game alone, Sabol netted one goal, dished out two assists, scooped up four ground balls, won nine draw controls – including seven-straight to begin the contest – and caused two turnovers.

The Lyons’ offense was led by Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) for the second-straight contest as the sophomore attack registered her second consecutive hat-trick of the NEWMAC Tournament alongside one assist and a ground ball.

Senior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick), sophomores Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) and Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and freshman Angela Mallis (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) also added solo tallies in the victory. Sophomore Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) helped facilitate the offense with two helpers.

Babson received single markers from junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass./Winchester), freshman Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass./Southfield School), senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) and freshman Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich). Sophomore Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass./Newton North) dished out two assists, while freshman Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) had one.

Wheaton junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) made two saves to push her record to 13-6 on the season (35th career victory, 2nd all-time). Babson senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) stopped six shots in the loss.

Both teams exchanged a pair of goals midway through the first half as the score became deadlocked at 2-2 following Sabol’s only marker of the contest with 8:45 remaining in the stanza.

Giovanucci gave the Beavers a 3-2 advantage with 6:36 to play finishing a nice feed from Farina, but Tewksbury and Cohen buried back-to-back free position attempts for the Lyons at 5:48 and 3:46, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead headed into the break.

In the second half, Tewksbury factored into two out of three of Wheaton’s goals to begin the final session as she rifled a feed from Sabol, who was positioned behind the right side of the cage, into the upper half of the net for her 28th marker of the season. Tewksbury then returned the favor at the 18:33 mark finding Mills in the slot for a 6-3 differential on the scoreboard.

Mallis capped the 5-0 run which spanned 19:14 from the 5:48 mark of the first half into the second stanza with a one-timer strike from Bush directly in front of the net (16:34).

McKenna cut into the deficit with 10:37 remaining with her eighth goal of the season, but Sharick and Bush connected for a goal with 3:23 on the clock to help seal the victory.

Secrist capped the scoring with 28-seconds to play on a free position attempt from the left wing.

Babson converted 18-of-24 clear attempts, collected 21 ground balls and went 2-for-3 on free position attempts. Wheaton was 17-for-24 in clears, scooped up 20 ground balls and won the draw controls matchup, 12-3.

The Lyons will enter the NCAA Tournament one victory shy of tying the second highest wins total in a single season set in 2012 (14-6).

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.