BABSON PARK, Mass.--First-year Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) had four goals and sophomore Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) scored twice and led all players with three assists to help Babson College defeat Skidmore College, 13-10, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
First-year Thomas Jung (Vienna, Va.) had two goals and sophomore Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) added a goal and one assist for the Beavers, who snapped a two-game losing streak against the Thoroughbreds. First-year Kevin Klempner (Stuart, Fla.) won 12-of-16 face-offs and led all players with 10 ground balls, while junior Connor Maloney (Hopkinton, Mass.) went 7-of-10 at the X and scooped up five ground balls in the win.
Senior Jack Metzler (Garden City, N.Y.) had three goals, junior Ryan Warnock (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) picked up six ground balls and senior Jack Howat (South Glastonbury, Conn.) caused a game-high three turnovers for Skidmore.
Trailing 8-7 late in the second quarter, junior Axel Brown (Little Compton, R.I.) scored to ignite a five-goal run that gave Babson (1-0) control of the game. Jung converted a feed from Harrison Page (North Andover, Mass.) to give the Green and White a 9-8 lead four and a half minutes into the third quarter, junior Jason Cox (Westwood, Mass.) notched his first tally of the year, and Duffy set up a tally by senior Matthew Logan (Downingtown, Pa.) and scored one of his own to give the Green and White a 12-8 advantage entering the final stanza.
Skidmore (0-1) finally broke a scoreless stretch of nearly 25 minutes on junior Brendan Halloran's (Pleasantville, N.Y.) man-up goal with 6:29 to go in the contest, but Allen answered just over two minutes later and the Beavers won the ensuing face-off to put the game away.
First-year Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made five saves over the final 30 minutes of his collegiate debut in relief of junior Jordan Shapiro (Pleasantville, N.Y.), who stopped a pair of first-half shots for Babson.
Junior Chris Baughan (Foxboro, Mass.) made 12 of his 20 saves in the second half for the Thoroughbreds.
The Beavers finished with a 56-23 edge in shots, and a 46-26 advantage in ground balls while converting 14-of-15 clear attempts.
Skidmore, which committed 21 turnovers, scored a pair of man-up goals.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson hosts nationally-ranked Bates at 5 p.m., while Skidmore takes on Clark at 6 p.m.