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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Emerson

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Emerson

Men's Lacrosse at Emerson
Wednesday, April 26—6 p.m.
Rotch Field—Boston, Mass.


Babson and Emerson will meet for just the fourth time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to 2014. The Beavers are 3-0 all-time and outscored the Lions 39-3 over the first two matchups.

The Beavers were awarded a 1-0 victory when Emerson was unable to field a team for last season's meeting in late April. Babson got three goals from John Higgins and at least one point from 16 different players in a 21-3 rout over the Lions in its only trip to Rotch Field in 2015.

Emerson (4-6, 0-4 NEWMAC) got off to a slow start and suffered an 18-6 loss at Coast Guard on Saturday. Sophomore Cameron Radenburg and first-year Paul Seguin each scored twice and sophomore Fernando Gutierrez won 13-of-21 face-offs for the Lions, who allowed nine first-quarter goals. Randenburg (28-21-49) ranks third in the NEWMAC in scoring but has just eight goals in league play, while sophomore Jared Brush has contributed 21 goals and six assists for 27 points this spring. Gutierrez has won 63.8 percent of his face-offs and scooped up a conference-best 104 ground balls, and sophomore Marshall Tate paces the defense with 14 caused turnovers. Classmate Bailey Kennedy owns a 13.25 goals against average and a .493 save percentage in nine starts.

Babson (6-7, 2-3 NEWMAC) allowed six of the game's final seven goals and suffered a 14-9 loss to Clark on Saturday. Junior Axel Brown scored a season-high three goals and sophomore Niall Dillon scored twice and added one assist for the Beavers, who fell to the Cougars for the first time in program history. Sophomore Samuel Mishkind (27-6-33) and first-year Owen Allen (22-9-31) have combined for six man-up goals, and Dillon (17-8-25) is tied for third on the squad in assists. Junior Connor Maloney has won 52.3 percent of his face-offs, while classmate Jack O'Donoghue leads the Green and White with 78 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers. First-year goaltender Christopher Aranalde has posted a 9.63 goals against average and a .574 save percent in 11 contests this spring.

The Beavers, who have lost three of their first five conference games, enter the final week of the regular season a game behind Coast Guard for the fourth and final NEWMAC Tournament berth. A win over Emerson would set up an elimination game against the Bears on Saturday.

Senior Connor Flaherty dished out a career-high five assists in an 18-0 win over Emerson in 2014, while Brown recorded a career-best four assists and junior Jason Cox contributed two goals and two assists for a career-high four points in Babson's 2015 victory over the Lions.

The Green and White ranks fifth in Division III this spring having converted on 89.4 percent of its clearing opportunities.

The Beavers ranked second with 52 caused turnovers in league play.