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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Coast Guard

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Coast Guard

Men's Lacrosse at Coast Guard
Saturday, April 29—1 p.m.
Cadet Memorial Field—New London, Conn.

Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the third time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back just two seasons. The Beavers have won both previous matchups between the programs.

The winner of Saturday's showdown will lock up the last spot in the four-team NEWMAC Tournament, while the loser will be left on the outside looking in. Babson has not missed the conference playoffs since 2000.

John Harrison '16, Spencer Low '16 and sophomore Niall Dillon combined for 12 goals as the Beavers sank Coast Guard, 21-6, on April 30, 2016, in Babson Park. Junior Axel Brown scored three goals and added one assist, while sophomore Sam Mishkind added two goals and two assists as Babson built a 10-2 halftime lead. Sophomore Jack Pope finished with three goals and one assist for the Bears.

Coast Guard (10-5, 4-2 NEWMAC) has won three straight games and stayed unbeaten at home this season with a 15-6 victory over Mass. Maritime on Wednesday. First-year Riley McNulty exploded for four goals and four assists, while Pope and sophomore Anthony Wyler both added two goals apiece for the Bears, who won 20-of-25 face-offs. McNulty (36-20-56) ranks third in the league in scoring, sophomore Benner Geurtsen (19-24-43) leads the team in assists and Pope (33-6-39) has scored 13 goals over the last four games. Sophomore Colin Cashin has scooped up 125 ground balls and is winning 71.3 percent of his face-offs, which ranks seventh in Division III. Classmate Conor Ellis paces the defense with 21 caused turnovers, while classmate Trey Johnson owns an 8.12 goals against average and a .523 save percentage in 15 starts between the pipes.

Babson (7-7, 3-3 NEWMAC) got back to .500 and kept its playoff hopes alive with a 15-1 rout of Emerson on Wednesday night. Mishkind scored three times and first-year Owen Allen dished out three assists as the Beavers got goals from 11 different players on the night. Mishkind (30-7-37) has scored 10 goals in the team's last three wins, Allen (22-12-34) leads the squad in assists and Dillon (18-10-28) has produced 13 points over the last four contests. Junior Connor Maloney has won 53.6 percent of his face-offs, while classmate Jack O'Donoghue leads the Green and White with 85 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers, and ranks 26th nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.36). First-year goaltender Christopher Aranalde has posted a 9.13 goals against average and a .579 save percentage in 12 games this spring.

The Beavers converted 19-of-19 clearing opportunities on Wednesday at Emerson and rank fourth in Division III with a 90.1 percent success rate this season.

Babson has won 56.3 percent of its face-offs in league play, which includes Maloney's winning percentage of 58.5 (31-of-53).

Senior Zach Cattaruzza has scooped up nine ground balls and caused six turnovers, Brown put up four goals and six points, and junior Austin Fabel has dished out four assists over the last two seasons against Coast Guard.

The Beavers are 7-2 this season when scoring 10 or more goals.