Mass. College Lax: Springfield Tops Babson In Pilgrim League Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the Pilgrim League championship:

Springfield, Mass. – May 4, 2013 – The Springfield College men’s lacrosse team captured its sixth-straight Pilgrim Lacrosse League Championship on Saturday with a 14-3 win over Babson College on Stagg Field Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Springfield improves to 10-7 and earns an automatic qualifying bid to the upcoming NCAA Championship. The entire 2013 NCAA Division III Championship field will be announced at 10:00 pm on Sunday evening on a selection show airing on NCAA.com.

For the game, Springfield held a 42-37 advantage in shots, including a 25-12 cushion in the first half. The Pride won the ground ball battle, 42-38, as Springfield won 11 of the game’s 21 face-offs.

The Pride benefited from several standout performances, including a career-best performance from goalie Connor Nash, who produced 18 saves in the win. Midfielder Kevin Freeman poured in five goals, and Ryon Lynch continued to power the offense, registering two goals and four assists.

Springfield celebrates their 14-3 win against Babson. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)
Springfield celebrates their 14-3 win against Babson. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

Babson’s Ryan Dawidjan tallied a game-high eight ground balls and caused four turnovers, while James Whalen was strong in net with 12 stops. The Beavers three goals came from Alex Packer, Spencer Low, and Scott Doten.

It was the visitors who struck for the game’s first goal, as Doten ripped a shot into the top shelf off a inside look from John Obadia for a man-up marker with 8:32 left in the first quarter.

However, Lynch answered back with a man-up goal of his own 1:39 later to kick start a five-goal run by Springfield as it opened up a 5-1 lead with 14:43 to play in the opening half. Freeman scored twice in the run, including finishing with just 2.6 seconds left in the first quarter following a gorgeous spin dodge to break free out of a timeout.

Babson responded with a strike just 19 seconds after the Pride’s fifth-straight goal after Low skipped home a shot off an Alex Patinkin pass.

Springfield would not be denied though, using another five-goal burst over the next 18:23 of the game to grab a 10-2 stranglehold of the game. Lynch simply took over the game during the run, factoring in on four of the five strikes, including three sensational assists.

The Beavers scored the final goal of the afternoon with 5:12 in the third from Packer, before the home team netted the final four goals of the afternoon, two of which came off the stick of Freeman.

Mass. College Lax: Weekend Conference Tourney Game Times

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By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s a BIG weekend in the college lacrosse world as several teams will be competing in their conference semifinals or championships. Below is this weekend’s schedule, and as always, make sure to circle back for recaps, releases, and roundups.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

* Le Moyne @ Merrimack College, 7 p.m. (Friday) — The winner of this match advances to Sunday’s Northeast-10 Conference championship against Adelphi/St. Michaels. Adelphi is the No. 1 seed in the tournament and would host the championship with a victory against the Purple Knights.

Babson College @ Springfield College, 1 p.m. (Saturday) — The Beavers and Pride will meet in the Pilgrim League final for the second time in three seasons. Babson defeated Wheaton on Wednesday evening, 14-5, while Springfield beat MIT, 13-4. Springfield rallied past Babson earlier this season for a 13-11 victory, so expect tomorrow’s contest to be a good one.

Tufts University vs. Conn. College @ Middlebury College, 3 p.m. (Saturday) — The Camels and Jumbos will meet for the second straight year in the NESCAC semifinals, but don’t expect Tufts to down Conn. College like they did last season. The winner advances to Sunday’s final against the winner of Middlebury/Wesleyan.

Western New England @ Endicott College, 1 p.m. (Saturday)  — The Golden Bears and Gulls will face-off in the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship tomorrow afternoon with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA championship.

Women’s Lacrosse: 

Stonehill College @ Adelphi, 1:30 p.m. (Saturday) — The Skyhawks will attempt to earn a trip to Sunday’s NE-10 championship against a Panthers team that defeated them earlier this season, 12-5. If Stonehill wins, they’ll face-off against the winner Le Moyne/New Haven.   

Becker College at Regis College, 1 p.m. (Saturday) — Both the Hawks and Pride earned wins on Wednesday, which provided them spots in this year’s NECC championship. Regis defeated Becker earlier this season, 16-7.

Endicott @ Western New England, 1 p.m. (Saturday) — Similar to the men’s game, this particular match is for the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament crown. The Golden Bears defeated the Gulls in their final match of the season, 19-17, so expect another great game tomorrow in Springfield.

Westfield State @ Bridgewater State, 1 p.m. (Saturday) — The top seeded Bears will look to earn the MASCAC crown against the Owls, who earned a spot in the title match with a 16-4 win against Worcester State last night. Bridgewater has qualified for the NCAA tournament the last three seasons, too.

Mass. College Lax: Babson Reflects On Win Against Wheaton (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

After earning a 14-5 victory against Wheaton College in the Pilgrim League semifinal, Babson College coach Brendan Gorman, as well as Alex Packer and Alex Patinkin reflected on the victory and looked ahead to Saturday’s match against Springfield College.

Mass. College Lax: Photos From Babson-Wheaton

By Matt Noonan 

The Babson College Beavers men’s lacrosse team clinched a spot in the Pilgrim League championship on Saturday as they defeated Wheaton College last night, 14-5, in the semifinals. Below are some snapshots from the contest.

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Mass. College Lax: Second Half Rally Lifts Springfield Past Babson, 13-11

By NoontimeSports.com 

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.