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Strong Second Half Pushes Clark Past Men's Lacrosse, 14-9

Strong Second Half Pushes Clark Past Men's Lacrosse, 14-9

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) scored four of his game-high five goals in the second half as Clark University defeated Babson College, 14-9, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

Babson, which had its two-game winning streak halted, drops to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Clark, which had never defeated the Beavers prior to Saturday, improves to 11-3 overall and 5-0 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Axel Brown (Little Compton, R.I.) scored three goals and sophomore Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) added two goals and an assist for the Green and White. Juniors Connor Maloney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Jack O'Donoghue (Scituate, Mass.), who caused three turnovers, both scooped up eight groundballs in the loss.

Junior Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) finished with three goals and one assist, while Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) won 13-of-21 face-offs for the Cougars. Senior Ryan MacNeil (Weymouth, Mass.) finished with eight ground balls and classmate Drew Riopelle-Tyrell (Northville, Mich.) caused four turnovers to go along with 10 saves.

Clark emerged from a first half that featured three ties and three lead changes with a 7-6 edge after 30 minutes. After trading three goals apiece in the opening quarter, Babson took a 5-4 advantage on back-to-back tallies by Brown and junior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) with 7:52 left in the second. The Cougars responded with three straight tallies, two of which came from first-year Quincy Milton III (Seattle, Wash.), before Zach Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) scored in transition to bring the Beavers within one at the break.

The Green and White tied the game for the final time on the first of Dillon's two goals with 5:48 to go in the third before Clark responded with a four-goal run. Senior Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) made it 9-8 just over a minute later and King followed a tally by sophomore Tyler Sullivan (Brunswick, Maine) with consecutive goals to push the Cougars' lead to 12-8 three minutes into the fourth.

The Beavers got as close as three on a marker by Dillon at the 8:47 mark, but Riopelle-Tyrell came up with a huge save on the ensuing possession and Mandracchia scored 90 seconds later to extend the Clark advantage back to four.

First-year Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made nine saves for Babson, which held a 37-33 edge in shots. The Beavers also converted 21-of-22 clearing opportunities.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday as the Beavers travel to Emerson at 6 p.m., while Clark hosts Springfield at 7 p.m.

•    Babson is now 20-1 all-time against Clark.
•    Prior to Saturday's loss, the Beavers had won five straight games at home while outscoring their foes 79-32.
•    Saturday's game was likely the final home contest for Cattaruzza and fellow seniors Nathan Feldman (Washington, D.C.), Connor Flaherty (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), Matthew Logan (Downingtown, Pa.), Daniel Madden (West Islip, N.Y.) and Brennen Walker (Scituate, Mass.).