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King’s Five Goals Sends Clark Past Babson, 14-9

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Clark University sophomore Brandon Kings celebrates one of his five goals against Babson College on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

BABSON PARK – Clark University sophomore Brandon King has been a tough match-up this season for his team’s opponents, according to his head coach Jeff Cohen.

And against Babson College (6-7, 2-3) on Saturday, King continued his impressive play, netting five goals, including four in the second half, which helped the Cougars (11-3, 5-0) claim an important 14-9 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

“In league (play), he is a tough match-up,” Cohen said of King following his team’s 11th win of the season. “He’s a tough match-up.”

King, who deposited his team’s initial goal of the contest, appeared unstoppable in the second half, netting a pair of goals in the third and fourth quarter, including a diving strike late in the final session, which was set-up by junior Will Mandracchia.

King’s final goal sewed-up an impressive victory for the Cougars, who snapped a 20-game losing streak to the Beavers, dating back to their initial meeting in 1994.

Babson and Clark swapped goals throughout the opening two stanzas with neither team pushing ahead by more than one or two goals. And despite a one-goal (7-6) lead at the break by Clark, the trend continued for a majority of the third quarter before senior Isaac Bass jumpstarted a three-goal run that helped the visitors push ahead for good.

Clark would tack on three more goals in the fourth, while Babson deposited just one strike during the final 10 minutes.

“I thought we really started clicking and things were going our way in the third,” said Cohen. “I thought early on, maybe nerves, maybe teams playing each other out, but the second half saw (the game) get more competitive and we were fortunate enough that the ball bounced our way at times.”

The win extends Clark’s current winning-streak to six games, which dates back a late March victory over Plymouth State. It also keeps the Cougars atop of the NEWMAC standings with two games remaining.

Clark, which returns home for its final two contests of the regular season, will host Springfield College on Wednesday (Apr. 26th) and Emerson College on Saturday (Apr. 29th).

Springfield trails Clark by half a game for the top spot. This afternoon, they scored a hard-fought 7-6 win over Wheaton College.

Cohen, who is in his eighth season with the Cougars, credits his senior class for the position the Cougars are currently in. A win over the Pride would most likely provide Clark with the top-seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament.

“We’re fortunate the ball is bouncing our way, but we give credit to the seniors, they’re working their tails off,” said Cohen. “They’re an extremely dedicated group and all I do is ask more of them, so I am glad things are working out and good things are happening for them.”

Game of the Week Preview: Babson vs. Clark (Saturday, Apr. 22nd at 1 p.m.)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

 

It should be an exciting day of lacrosse in Babson Park tomorrow (Saturday, April 22nd) as Babson College host Clark University in a marque New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tilt, which is scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m.

Noontime Sports will be covering the game, live from Babson Park and fans are encouraged to follow along with our in-game updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports).

GAME OUTLOOK: The Cougars enter the contest riding an impressive five-game winning streak, including a recent 12-6 victory earlier this week against Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Brandon King and Will Mandracchia highlighted their team’s most recent outing, finishing the contest with a hat trick, respectively, while Drew Riopelle-Tyrell improved to 6-3 between the pipes.

Prior to Wednesday’s tilt with the Buccaneers, Clark scored some impressive league wins over MIT and Coast Guard Academy, as well as a non-conference victory over Plymouth State.

Clark is the first NEWMAC squad to capture 10 games this season, they’re also the top team in the league, too.

Babson, which has won back-to-back league games, will look to bump its home record to 6-1 tomorrow – Saturday’s contest is the team’s final home game of the 2017 season.

The Beavers have been quite impressive at home this spring, winning five of six contests, including a pair of wins over Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Wheaton College.

Samuel Mishkind currently leads the Green and White with 33 points on 27 goals and six assists, while Owen Allen is second on the team with 30 points on 22 goals and eight assists.

As a team, the Beavers have deposited 140 goals this spring, while collaborating for 74 assists. Christopher Aranalde has enjoyed an impressive season between the pipes, he turning aside 103 shots, while surrendering 69 goals.

Babson captured the last meeting, defeating Clark in Worcester, 14-13, thanks to a two-goal rally during the final three minutes. Scott Doten scored the game-winner with 40 seconds remaining to lift the Beavers to an exciting one-goal victory.

New England D3 Lax Notebook: Keep An Eye On NEWMAC Play This Weekend

Clark's Will Mandracchia and the Cougars host Wheaton in a NEWMAC evening tilt Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Clark Athletics)

Clark’s Will Mandracchia and the Cougars host Wheaton in a NEWMAC evening tilt Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Clark Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

The first day of April usually marks the beginning (or return) to conference play in NCAA Division III lacrosse.

One particular conference to keep an eye on this weekend is the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), which features a men’s tournament championship rematch between Babson and Springfield in Babson Park. Face-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.

In addition to Babson-Springfield, Clark will host Wheaton, Massachusetts Maritime Academy will travel to Emerson, while U.S. Coast Guard Academy entertains MIT.

Clark has been an exciting story this season as the Cougars have raced out to a 7-1 record. And despite falling to Wesleyan one week ago, the Cougars have earned some impressive wins against UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State and Skidmore.

The Cougars made history on March 16th when they became the initial team in program history to start a campaign with five straight wins. Clark defeated Salve Regina that evening by a score of 18-6.

Junior Nick Johnson has enjoyed a successful third season with the Scarlett and White, netting 16 goals, while dishing out a team-high 18 assists for 34 points. Sophomore Will Mandracchia is tied with Johnson for points, but leads the unit with 21 goals – the second most goals recorded by a NEWMAC player.

Keep an eye on Clark-Wheaton tomorrow – this game will be played under the lights with face-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Lyons enter their initial conference tilt at 4-4 overall, but earned an impressive come-from-behind win last weekend against UMass Dartmouth. Sophomore Scott Whear registered his initial hat trick of the season in the three-point victory over the Corsairs.

MIT and Springfield will square off in a women’s conference championship rematch with the Pride hosting the contest tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

Senior Kira Schott shattered the MIT women’s lacrosse program’s record for points in a career by finishing her team’s last outing with four goals and two helpers. In three and a half seasons with the Cardinal and Gray, Schott has registered 217 points on 168 goals and 49 assists. She is currently third in the conference with 31 points this season.

Springfield concluded the month of March with a 12-6 win over Wellesley. The Pride are 2-1 at home this season and averaging close to 12 goals per contest.

Sophomore Shelby Corsano leads the unit with 29 points on 22 goals and seven helpers, while senior Bianca Raniolo is second with 27 points on 16 helpers and 11 markers.

In addition to MIT-Springfield, Babson visits Mount Holyoke, Emerson heads to Smith and U.S. Coast Guard Academy takes on Wheaton in Norton, Massachusetts.

New England D3Lax Notebook: Extra Sessions Provide Early Season Confidence For UMass Boston

Calvin Lee and the UMass Boston men's lacrosse team have won three overtime contests this season. (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

Calvin Lee and the UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team have won three overtime contests this season. (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

Tyler Low had never been apart of a five-overtime contest, but that was the way his UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team commenced its 2016 season.

Against Rivier, the Beacons needed five extra sessions before Calvin Lee deposited the game-winner, which provided UMass Boston with its initial win of the season.

“That was definitely the longest game I have ever been apart of in any sport,” said Low, who is in his sixth season with the Beacons.

Since their dramatic win against the Raiders, UMass Boston has won four straight, including a pair of overtime victories against Wentworth (10-9) and Nichols (9-8).

UMass Boston’s five consecutive wins matched the program’s start from the 2005 season.

“The theme all preseason was to compete for as long as it took to win,” said Low. “Whether it is 60 minutes or 90 minutes, my team puts in the work at practice.”

In addition to a fast start, the Beacons have received 33 points from Lee thus far on 17 goals and 16 assists. Low believes the senior from Hopkinton, Massachusetts inspires his teammates to elevate their game.

“Calvin is a special player,” said Low. “I believe his toughness on the field is what sets him apart and helps (jumpstart our attack). His poise and ability to make the next play regardless of any in-game adversity we may face is a testament to the type of player and leader he is.”

Sophomores Matthew Duggan and Conor Smith have highlighted the team’s offensive output, combining for 20 goals and 12 assists. First-year Michael Lund is fourth on the team with seven points on five goals and two assists.

UMass Boston will look to keep its momentum going tomorrow when they visit Emerson College for a 1:00 p.m. face-off. Following their visit with the Lions, the Beacons will compete against a trio of non-conference squads before opening Little East Conference (LEC) play against the Owls of Keene State on Saturday, April 2.

Low is optimistic about this year’s non-conference slate – he believes every team his squad has or will face will prepare the unit for a conference title run.

“Our goal with our non-conference play is to give our team as much experience as possible in different game situations,” said Low. “The hope is (our non-conference games) will be experiences our team can fall back on later in the season.”

News and Notes from around New England: The Clark University men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start in program history, winning four straight contests. Will Mandracchia highlighted his team’s last outing against Cazenovia, registering eight points on four goals and four assists. Next up for the Cougars is a Wednesday evening contest against Salve Regina … An 8-1 run during the opening session of Wednesday’s contest against Babson College helped the Bates College women’s lacrosse team go onto capture a 12-7 victory. The Bobcats – winners of four straight – matched the program’s start from 2003. Moriah Greenstein led the Bobcats with four goals … Babson’s Spencer Low matched his career high with six goals, while registering his 100th marker of his career as the Beavers rolled past Gordon, 22-3 … The Salve Regina University men’s lacrosse team is one win away from matching the program’s 7-0 start from 2014. The Seahawks recently claimed a 13-6 victory over Johnson & Wales. This weekend they commence Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play with a 12 p.m. face-off against Endicott College … Speaking of overtime, the Norwich University women’s lacrosse team needed triple-overtime to get past Thomas as the Cadets claimed a 9-8 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Sabine Field. Teresa Segreti netted the game-winner at 5:07 in the third extra session … Kasondra Moniz helped the New England College women’s lacrosse team capture its second straight victory by recording five points on three goals and two assists in a 16-0 victory over Bay Path. Moniz has recorded a pair of goals in four games this season.