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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at MIT

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at MIT

Men's Lacrosse at MIT
Saturday, April 8—1 p.m.
Jack Barry Field—Cambridge, Mass.


Babson and MIT will meet for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1977. The Beavers are 29-12 all-time against the Engineers and have won nine straight games between the teams since 2010.

Sophomore Niall Dillon scored a career-high five goals leading Babson over MIT, 12-11, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on May 4, 2016. Spencer Low '16 and sophomore Samuel Mishkind each had two goals for the Beavers, who led by as many as seven late in the first half. Jonah Hessels scored four times for the Engineers, who used a six-goal run to get within one twice late in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Ballantine tied the game three minutes into the fourth quarter and Neil Zimmerman notched his only goal of the game with 45 seconds left in regulation as the Engineers slipped by Babson, 4-3, on April 11, 2009, in Cambridge. Matt Enright '09, EJ Peterson '09, and Bryan Wilbur '09 all scored for the Beavers, who led 3-2 at half.

MIT (6-3, 1-0 NEWMAC) won their second straight game, defeating Castleton, 19-13, on Tuesday in Cambridge. Junior Graham Davis led the Engineers with five goals and senior Harris Stolzenberg registered four goals to help overcome a three-goal deficit early in the third quarter. Davis (34-12-46) leads the league with nine man-up tallies, while Stolzenberg (22-21-43) is first in the conference in assists and second in points. First-year Dylan Marlborough has won 48.8 percent of his face-offs, junior David Klee has caused a team-high 15 turnovers, and sophomore goaltender Alexander Lynch has posted a 12.29 goals against average and a .453 save percentage in nine appearances between the pipes.

Despite 15 saves from first-year goalie Christopher Aranalde, Babson (4-4, 0-1 NEWMAC) suffered a 9-5 loss at Springfield in its conference opener on Monday afternoon. Mishkind finished with two goals and one assist for the Beavers, who had 20 shots stopped by Pride goaltender Jake Reynolds. Mishkind (18-4-22) has produced five straight multi-goal games, first-year Owen Allen (14-5-19) leads the team with three man-up tallies and Dillon (9-6-15) is first on the squad in assists. O'Donoghue paces the defense with 50 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers, while Aranalde owns an 8.38 goals against average and a .627 save percentage in six appearances.

Senior long poles Zach Cattaruzza and Daniel Madden have given the MIT offense fits over the first three years of their careers. Cattaruzza has picked up 17 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers, while Madden has contributed 11 ground balls and six caused turnovers in five games going back to 2014.

Dillon, Mishkind and fellow sophomore Brendan Duffy combined to score 12 of the Beavers' 25 goals in two games against the Engineers last season. Additionally, senior Matthew Logan has scored six goals and dished out five assists for 11 points in four career games against MIT.

The Beavers are 4-0 this season and have won nine of their last 10 games since the start of last year when winning at least half of their face-offs.