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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Springfield

Men's Lacrosse at Springfield
Monday, April 3—4 p.m.
Stagg Field—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 33rd time on Monday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1970s. The Pride has dominated the series, winning 31 of the previous 33 matchups, including an overtime victory in last year's regular season matchup.

Senior Dom Abate scored four times and the top-seeded Pride built a five-goal halftime lead on its way to defeating second-seeded Babson, 12-7, in the NEWMAC Tournament championship game on May 7, 2016, in Springfield. Junior goalkeeper Jake Reynolds stopped 17 shots and picked up six ground balls for the Pride. Sophomore Niall Dillon and Scott Doten '16 both scored twice for the Beavers.

Spencer Low '16 scored three times and senior Matthew Logan added two goals and two assists as the Beavers defeated Springfield, 12-10, in the conference opener for both teams on March 28, 2015, in Springfield. Brendan Coan '16 contributed two goals and junior goaltender Jordan Shapiro stopped 11 shots for Babson, which built a five-goal fourth-quarter cushion. Dylan Sheehan had four goals for the Pride.

Springfield (4-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) had its two-game winning streak snapped in an 18-14 setback at No. 12 Amherst on Wednesday. Tom Hurley finished with four goals and three assists for the Pride, which allowed nine second-quarter goals won just 8-of-35 face-offs. Hurley (11-14-25) ranks 28th nationally in assists per game, sophomore Jack Vail (14-3-17) has notched four multi-goal games and classmate Lucas Habich has contributed nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. Senior Matthew LaCroix has won just 36.5 percent of his face-offs and leads the team with 35 ground balls, while classmate Brendan Dooley has caused nine turnovers. Reynolds has posted a 10.50 goals against average and .603 save percentage on the year.

Babson (4-3, 0-0 NEWMAC) has won two straight games after routing Trinity, 17-6, on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Samuel Mihskind scored four times and junior Austin Fabel added three goals for the Beavers, who led 8-0 at halftime. Mishkind (16-3-19) has scored 14 goals over the last four games, first-year Owen Allen (13-5-18) leads the team with three man-up tallies, and Dillon (9-6-15) is first on the squad in assists. First-year Kevin Klempner has won 50.9 percent of his face-offs and scooped up 39 ground balls, while junior Jack O'Donoghue leads Green and White with 41 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. First-year goaltender Christopher Aranalde has posted an 8.34 goals against average and a .621 save percentage in five outings.

Mishkind and Fabel have produced 22 goals and six assists over the four games for the Beavers, who are 3-1 during this stretch.

The Green and White is 21-3 in the month of April over the last three years, which includes a 10-0 record on the road. Babson's only losses during this time have come to Springfield (2014, 2016) and Bowdoin (2015).

Since trailing fourth-ranked St. Lawrence 7-1 at halftime on March 19, the Green and White has outscored its opponents 35-18 over the last 10 quarters.

The Beavers rank ninth in Division III causing 13.0 turnovers per game.