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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. No. 15 Bates

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. No. 15 Bates

Men's Lacrosse vs. No. 15 Bates
Wednesday, March 1—5 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES

Babson and Bates will meet for just the sixth time since 1979 and the first time since 1990 on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers are 4-1 against the Bobcats in their previous five meetings.

LAST MEETING
The Beavers defeated Bates, 16-15, on April 23, 1990, in Babson Park.

LAST BATES WIN
The Bobcats picked up their only win over Babson with a 13-5 victory in 1987.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
No. 15 Bates (1-0) got five goals and two assists from senior Charlie Fay, while classmate Andrew Melvin and first-year Matt Chalastawa combined for five goals and six assists in a 23-5 victory over Roger Williams in its season opener last Saturday. Senior Sam Francis won 13-of-17 face-offs and was one of four players to finish with four ground balls for the Bobcats, who 16 first-half goals. Bates, which returns a pair of All-America selections in Fay and fellow senior Fred Ulbrick, returns a deep and talented that finished 11-4 last season after falling in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament. The Bobcats bring back six of their top seven scorers, as well as sophomore goaltender Mitchell Drake, who finished with a 10.03 goals against average and a .455 save percentage last spring.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (1-0) got four goals and one assist from first-year Owen Allen and two goals and three assists from sophomore Brendan Duffy in a 13-10 season-opening win over Skidmore on Saturday afternoon. Junior Connor Maloney and first-year Kevin Klempner combined to win 19-of-26 face-offs for the Beavers, who got five second-half saves from first-year goaltender Christopher Aranalde and outscored the Thoroughbreds 4-0 in the third quarter to break a halftime deadlock. The Green and White returns 20 players and five all-conference performers, from a team that went 10-8 and reached its fourth straight conference championship game last season. Included in that group are four long poles and junior goaltender Jordan Shapiro, who posted an 11.68 goals against average and a .479 save percentage a year ago.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
Allen (4-1-5), Klempner (1-0-1) and first-year Thomas Jung (2-0-2), who all made their collegiate debuts on Saturday, accounted for seven of the Beavers' 13 goals against Skidmore.

PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF
Duffy and fellow sophomore Niall Dillon, who combined for 31 goals and 10 assists over the final nine games of last season, accounted for three goals and five assists for eight points in Saturday's opener. Both players have now produced at least one points in 10 consecutive outings.

TESTING THE WATERS
Bates is one of three ranked opponents that the Beavers will face over the next six weeks. In addition to Wednesday's tilt against the Bobcats, the Green and White will take on No. 8 St. Lawrence on March 19 and 12th-ranked Rensselaer on April 12.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won nine consecutive games when scoring 10 or more goals.

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