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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Clark

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Clark

Men's Lacrosse vs. Clark
Saturday, April 22—1 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Clark will meet for the 21st time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1994. The Beavers are 20-0 against the Cougars although the last three games have been decided by a total of just seven goals.

Scott Doten '16 scored three of his career-high six goals in the fourth quarter as Babson rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat Clark, 14-13, on April 23, 2016, in Worcester. Senior Connor Flaherty and junior Austin Fabel each added two goals for the Beavers, who got six saves from Jordan Shapiro. Senior Isaac Bass and Rob Holden combined to score seven times for the Cougars, who got 13 stops from senior goaltender Drew Riopelle-Tyrell.

Clark (10-3, 4-0 NEWMAC) won its fourth straight game by defeating Mass. Maritime, 12-6, on Wednesday night. Sophomore Jack Pierce finished with two goals and three assists and junior Will Mandracchia and sophomore Brandon King each scored three times for the Cougars, who trailed 6-4 late in the third quarter. Mandracchia (25-15-40) ranks sixth in the league in points, King (29-7-36) is fourth in the NEWMAC in goals and senior Nick Johnson (5-19-24) leads the team in assists. First-year Bobby Philbin has won 64.2 percent of his face-offs, while junior Will Roberts has recorded a team-high 20 caused turnovers. Riopelle-Tyrell ranks first in the conference in goals against average (7.53) and third in save percentage (.587).

Babson (6-6, 2-2 NEWMAC) got three goals apiece from first-year Owen Allen and sophomore Samuel Mishkind in Wednesday's 19-9 victory over Wheaton. The Beavers, who built a 15-2 halftime lead, got goals from 13 different players, which includes the first career tally for senior Daniel Madden. Mishkind (27-6-33) is tied for fifth in the league in goals, Allen (22-8-30) has eight points over the last two games and Fabel (12-9-21) leads the team in assists. Junior Jack O'Donoghue leads the NEWMAC with 29 ground balls, while the duo of first-year Kevin Klempner and junior Connor Maloney has combined to win 52.7 percent of their face-offs. First-year goaltender Christopher Aranalde ranks second in the conference in save percentage (.599) and third in goals against average (9.06) in 10 contests between the pipes this spring.

Saturday's contest against Clark marks the final regular season home game for Flaherty, Madden and fellow seniors Zach Cattaruzza, Nathan Feldman, Matthew Logan and Brennen Walker. This group helped the Beavers capture the 2015 NEWMAC regular season title in addition to leading the squad to three straight conference tournament championship games.

In five home wins this season Babson has outscored its opponents 79-32, which includes four straight victories by at least 10 goals. Clark, which has suffered all three of its losses on the road this season, has lost each of its previous visits to MacDowell Field by at least a five-goal margin.

With three games left in the regular season, the Green and White is locked in a five-team battle to reach the four-team NEWMAC Tournament. Babson, which suffered early-season losses to Springfield and MIT, enters Saturday's tilt tied for fourth place with Coast Guard.

The Beavers have allowed just 10 first-half goals in their first four league contests.