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Men's Lacrosse Rallies to Edge Coast Guard, 16-15

Men's Lacrosse Rallies to Edge Coast Guard, 16-15

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) scored the go-ahead goal with 3:33 left in the fourth quarter as Babson College rallied from five-goal second-half deficit to defeat the Coast Guard Academy, 16-15, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Cadet Memorial Field.

With the win, Babson (8-7, 4-3 NEWMAC) earns the fourth and final spot in next week's conference tournament, while Coast Guard sees its season come to a close at 10-6 overall and 4-3 in league play.

Sophomores Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) and Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) both finished with three goals and one assist, while Fabel, junior Jason Cox (Westwood, Mass.), sophomore Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) and first-year Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) each scored twice for the Beavers. Junior Jack O'Donoghue (Scituate, Mass.) added five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Sophomore Anthony Wyler (Fulton, Md.) poured in eight goals while first-year Riley McNulty (Arnold, Md.) and senior Blaise Curtis (Riverside, Md.) each scored three times for the Bears. Sophomore Colin Cashin (Bedford, N.H.) won 21-of-31 face-offs and led all players with 13 ground balls.

McNulty and Wyler both scored three first-half goals and Wyler added another just 1:17 into the third quarter to give Coast Guard its biggest lead of the day at 10-5. Duffy responded with two goals and an assist to bring the Green and White back within 11-9 with 6:36 to go in the stanza.

Junior Axel Brown (Little Compton, R.I.) and Allen scored back-to-back man-up goals to cut the deficit to 12-11 45 seconds into the fourth, and tallies by Dillon and Fabel just 16 seconds apart tied the game at 13-13 with 11:21 to go. Wyler put the Bears back in front nearly three minutes later, but Allen, Fabel and Dillon all scored in the span of 2:50 to give the Beavers a 16-14 lead with 1:48 to go.

Curtis got Coast Guard within a goal with 44 seconds left and Cashin won the ensuing face-off, but Wyler's shot with 12 seconds to go was blocked and Babson ran out the clock for the win.

Junior Jordan Shapiro (Pleasantville, N.Y.) and first-year Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) combined to stop 12 shots for the Beavers, while sophomore Trey Johnson (Millersville, Md.) made 10 saves in defeat for the Bears.

Babson returns to action when it visits Springfield in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on Wednesday. Game time will be announced on Monday.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 3-0 all-time against Coast Guard.
•    Babson is now 8-2 on the year when scoring 10 or more goals.
•    The Beavers are 2-2 on the year in games decided by one or two goals.
•    Saturday's 31 combined goals are the most in a Babson game since a 27-4 win over Regis on April 21, 2013.

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