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NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: No. 4 Men's Lacrosse at No. 1 Springfield

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: No. 4 Men's Lacrosse at No. 1 Springfield

No. 4 Men's Lacrosse at No. 1 Springfield
NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
Wednesday, May 3—7 p.m.
Stagg Field—Springfield, Mass.


Babson and Springfield will meet for the 35th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1970s. The Pride has won 32 of the previous 34 matchups, which includes a four-goal victory over the Beavers back in early April.

Babson and Springfield, who've met in the conference tournament final in each of the last four seasons, will meet for the 10th time in the postseason on Wednesday night. The Beavers are 0-8 in the league playoffs and 0-9 all-time in the postseason against the Pride.

Sophomore Jack Vail scored three times and junior Jake Reynolds made 20 saves as the Pride defeated Babson, 9-5, on April 3 in Springfield. Seniors Dom Abate and Phil Dumont had two goals apiece in the win. Sophomore Samuel Mishkind scored twice and first-year Christopher Aranalde turned away 15 shots for the Beavers.

Top-seeded Springfield (10-4, 6-1 NEWMAC) got three goals from senior Tom Hurley to defeat MIT, 15-10, in Saturday's regular season finale. Abate, sophomore Lucas Habich, senior Brendan Dooley and graduate student Ty Daugstrup all scored twice for the Pride, which captured its second consecutive league title. Hurley (28-25-53) is fifth in the conference in scoring, Vail (25-10-35) has produced seven multi-goal games, and Habich (16z-16-32) leads the squad in assists. Senior Matthew LaCroix has won 49.2 percent of his face-offs and scooped up 84 ground balls, while Dooley leads the team with 24 caused turnovers to go along with 28 ground balls. Reynolds has posted a 9.00 goals against average and ranks 12th nationally with a .600 save percentage in 14 starts this spring.

Fourth-seeded Babson (8-7, 4-3 NEWMAC) overcame a five-goal third-quarter deficit to defeat Coast Guard, 16-15, in its regular season finale on Saturday. Mishkind and fellow sophomore Brendan Duffy each finished with three goals and one assist for the Beavers, who realized off 11 second-half goals. Mishkind (33-8-41) has 13 goals over the last four games, first-year Owen Allen (24-13-37) leads the team in assists and sophomore Niall Dillon (20-11-31) has put up 16 points over the last six contests. Junior Connor Maloney has won 49.7 percent of his face-offs, while classmate Jack O'Donoghue paces the defense with 90 ground balls and 38 caused turnovers. First-year goaltender Christopher Aranalde has posted a 9.60 goals against average and a .570 save percentage in 13 outings this spring.

The Beavers have been to four straight conference tournament championship games and are in search of their first NCAA berth since 1979, while Springfield is two wins away from capturing its 10th consecutive league title.

With one caused turnover at Coast Guard on Saturday, senior Zach Cattaruzza now has 100 for his career.

Dillon scored seven goals in two postseason games last spring, while Cattaruzza and fellow senior Daniel Madden have combined to cause 24 turnovers in six conference tournament outings over the last three years.

The Beavers are 5-1 in NEWMAC semifinal contests going back to 2011 with an average scoring margin of 4.33 goals.