NEWMAC Championship Game Preview: No. 2 Men's Lacrosse at No. 1 Springfield
No. 2 Men's Lacrosse at No. 1 Springfield
NEWMAC Championship Game
Saturday, May 3—1:00pm
Stagg Field—Springfield, Mass.
Babson and Springfield will meet for the 29th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1970s. The Pride has dominated the Beavers, winning 27 of the previous 28 meetings, including triumphs in the Pilgrim League title game in both 2011 and 2013.
Babson and Springfield will meet in the postseason for the seventh time since 2001 on Saturday afternoon. The Pride has won all six of the previous meetings, including three meetings in the Pilgrim League finals.
Senior Ryon Lynch had three goals and three assists while junior Dylan Sheehan scored twice and dished out a game-high four assists to lift Springfield past Babson 14-3 on April 26 in Babson Park. Sophomore Scott Doten had two assists for the Beavers, who took a 3-2 lead on sophomore John Harrison's goal with 12:25 left in the second quarter before the Pride erupted for 12 unanswered tallies.
LAST BABSON WIN:
The Beavers' only win over Springfield was a 12-11 triumph in 1979.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE:
Top-seeded Springfield (13-3, 6-0 NEWMAC), which has won 53 straight games against conference foes, is looking for its seventh consecutive conference title after routing Clark, 13-3, in the NEWMAC semifinals. Junior Bryce Serriello scored four goals and Lynch chipped in with a goal and four assists for the Pride, which built an 8-3 halftime edge. Lynch (22-44-66) and Sheehan (26-32-58) are first and third, respectively, in the NEWMAC in scoring, while senior Ryan Murphy (32-14-46) is the team's second-leading goal scorer. Serriello (38-4-42) has four man-up goals and senior Branden Fernandez is winning .613 percent (174-of-284) of his face-offs to go along with a team-high 104 groundballs. Senior goalkeeper Connor Nash has posted a 8.30 goals against average and a .577 save percentage while going 9-2 in 12 appearances this spring. Springfield is making its 15th straight conference title game appearance.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Second-seeded Babson (11-6, 5-1 NEWMAC) will make its third league title game appearance in the last four years on Saturday after defeating third-seeded MIT, 10-6, on Wednesday night. Junior Alex Bunick and first-year Matt Logan each scored twice while junior Christian Cattaruzza forced a career-high seven turnovers for the Beavers, who led 3-1 at the half. Low (32-5-37), Doten (15-13-28) and junior Kyle Barsalou (18-9-27) have combined for seven man-up tallies and six game-winning goals, while Harrison has contributed 10 goals and a team-high 12 assists for 22 points. Senior Alex Packer (13-6-19) and sophomore Alex Youngwall (11-3-14) give the Green and White seven players with 10 goals or more and Cattaruzza has a team-high 87 groundballs and a conference-high 57 caused turnovers. Classmate Alex Bunick (11-4-15) has a team-high five man-up goals to go along with 75 groundballs and 24 caused turnovers, while first-year Connor Hinton is winning 50 percent (104-for-208) of his face-offs. Senior goalkeeper Adam Daroff has posted a 7.29 goals against average and a .565 save percentage in 16 starts this spring.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Beavers are 11-0 this season when holding their opponents to eight goals or less.