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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Union

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Union

Men's Lacrosse at Union
Sunday, March 5—1 p.m.
Frank Bailey Field—Schenectady, N.Y.

Babson and Union will meet for the ninth consecutive season on Sunday afternoon. The Dutchmen have won each of the previous eight matchups against the Beavers going back to 2009.

Spencer Low '16 finished with three goals and one assist, but Union ripped off seven third-quarter goals to edge the Beavers, 15-12, on March 5, 2016, in Babson Park. Sophomore Niall Dillon tied for game-high honors with three assists and seniors Daniel Madden and Zach Cattaruzza each finished with five ground balls apiece for Babson. Senior Peter Richardson scored four goals and dished out three assists to lead the Dutchmen, which won 18-of-29 face-offs.

Union (1-0) opened the season with a one-goal for the fourth year in a row, rallying to defeat Endicott, 13-12, Wednesday. Richardson had four goals and senior Daniel Kycia scored three times, including the game-winning tally as time expired for the Dutchmen, which notched six of the game's final seven goals to overcome a four-goal deficit. Richardson and Kycia combined for 50 goals and 76 points last season, while classmate Tom Lawton won 56.9 percent of his face-offs and scooped up a team-high 73 ground balls. Fellow senior Lance Longergan Jr. earned All-America laurels on defense as a junior and junior goaltender Sam Bebout posted a 10.63 goals against average to go along with a .515 save percentage in 15 starts.

Babson (1-1) enters Sunday's contest looking to bounce back from a 10-8 loss to 15th-ranked Bates on Wednesday. Senior Connor Flaherty finished with two goals and one assist and junior Jack O'Donoghue collected eight ground balls and caused three turnovers for the Beavers, who got a career-high 17 saves from first-year goaltender Christopher Aranalde. First-year Owen Allen (5-1-6) and sophomore Brendan Duffy (3-3-6) lead the squad in scoring, while Dillon has contributed two goals and three assists for five points. First-year Kevin Klempner has won 16-of-24 face-offs over the first two games, and is tied with O'Donough for the team lead with 13 ground balls. Aranalde, who made his first collegiate start against Bates, owns an 8.00 goals against average and a .647 save percentage on the year.

In three career games against Union, Cattaruzza has scooped up 10 ground balls and caused six turnovers.

The Beavers have won five of their last six games when winning more face-offs than their opponent, but are just 4-8 since the start of last season when they don't. Klempner and junior Connor Maloney won 19-of-27 at the X last Saturday against Skidmore, but gained possession on just 8-of-22 restarts in the loss to Bates.

Aranalde's 17 saves against Bates were the most by a Babson goaltender since Adam Daroff '14 turned away 17 shots in a 5-4 overtime victory at the Univeristy of New England on March 27, 2014.

The Beavers have won four straight regular season road games going back to last April.