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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Wheaton

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Wheaton

Men's Lacrosse vs. Wheaton
Wednesday, April 19—7 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 33rd time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to 1992. The Beavers are 23-9 all-time against the Lyons and have won eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams going back to 2011.

Junior Axel Brown led all scorers with five goals as the Beavers ran away from Wheaton, 19-7, on April 20, 2016, in Norton, Mass. Junior Austin Fabel and sophomores Niall Dillon and Samuel Mishkind all scored twice, while junior Jordan Shapiro and Kenan Glasgold combined to make 12 saves in the victory. Ryan Clair stopped 13 shots in a losing effort for the Lyons.

Charlie Willauer scored the go-ahead goal with 8:24 left in the fourth quarter and Matthew Hillman tacked on an insurance tally with 52 seconds left as the second-seeded Lyons topped third-seeded Babson, 7-5, to reach the Pilgrim League championship game on May 2, 2012 in Norton, Mass. Alex Patinkin '13 had three goals to lead the Beavers, who held a 2-0 lead after the first quarter.

Wheaton (5-6, 1-2 NEWMAC) saw its two-game winning streak come to an end with a 15-5 loss at Coast Guard last Wednesday. Sophomore CJ Leighton scored twice and classmate Matt Morgan finished with two goals and one assist for the Lyons, who picked up just 14 ground balls and won only 4-of-22 face-offs. Morgan (18-15-33) leads the team in goals and assists, while senior Ryan Gjerset (16-13-29) and junior Scott Whear (22-7-29) have combined for 38 goals this spring. Sophomore Mike Doucette has won 52.6 percent of his face-offs to go along with 47 ground balls, and senior Casey Buchholz has caused a team-high 12 turnovers. First-year goaltender Colin Walsh has posted a 10.48 goals against average and a .512 save percentage in 10 starts.

Babson (5-6, 1-2 NEWMAC) snapped a three-game skid with a 15-3 win over Mass. Maritime on Saturday. Mishkind finished with four goals and two assists and first-year Owen Allen scored three times for the Beavers, who built an 11-0 lead early in the third quarter. Mishkind (24-6-30) and Allen (19-7-26) have combined for six man-up goals, while Dillon (14-7-21) and sophomore Brendan Duffy (13-7-20) give the Green and White four players with 20 or more points. Junior Jack O'Donoghue leads the team with 67 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers, first-year Kevin Klempner is winning 52.2 percent of his face-offs, and classmate Christopher Aranalde owns a 9.23 goals against average and a .602 save percentage in nine games this spring.

Brown has eight goals in three career games against the Lyons, while senior Zach Cattaruzza has scooped up 11 ground balls and caused five turnovers in four games during his career against Wheaton.

Outside of a 10-8 loss to second-ranked Bates back on March 1, the Green and White has outscored four other opponents 60-23 this spring at MacDowell Field.

Babson dished out nine assists on Saturday, matching its most this spring, and shot a season-high 42.9 percent in the victory against Mass. Maritime.

The Beavers are causing 12.09 turnovers per game, which ranks 15th in Division III.