SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—First-year Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) scored three times but fourth-seeded Babson College was held to just three second-half goals in its 12-8 loss to top-seeded Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Wednesday night at Stagg Field.
Babson, which was seeking its fifth consecutive league tournament championship game appearance, wraps up its season at 8-8 overall, while Springfield improves to 11-4 overall and will face Clark in Saturday's conference title game.
Senior Connor Flaherty (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and junior Axel Brown (Little Compton, R.I.) both finished with two goals and one assist for the Beavers. Classmate Connor Maloney (Hopkinton, Mass.) won 13-of-23 face-offs, fellow junior Jack O'Donoghue (Scituate, Mass.) recorded five ground balls and four caused turnovers, while senior Zach Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) chipped in with three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Sophomore Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) had three goals and three assists, while senior Matthew LaCroix (Westfield, Mass.) won 10 face-offs and scooped up a game-high eight ground balls for the Pride. Junior Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.), who made 20 saves in the regular season against Babson, turned away 19 shots on Wednesday.
The Green and White took a 1-0 lead nearly nine minutes into the game on Flaherty's tally and then extended its advantage to 3-1 with 43 seconds left in the stanza after back-to-back goals by Flaherty and Allen. The Beavers got another marker from Allen 2:32 into the second to push the margin to 4-1 before Springfield ran off four straight goals to take its first lead. Babson responded though, getting another tally from Allen just 1:33 before the half to tie the game at 5-5.
After trading goals over the first three-plus minutes of the third quarter, the Pride took the lead for good when Vail set up senior Scott Rogers (Acton, Mass.) at the 8:45 mark to spark a three-goal run. Sophomore Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) cut the deficit to two late in the stanza and Brown made it 10-8 by converting a feed from junior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) with 8:39 to go in the fourth, but it's as close as the Beavers would get.
Vail set up an extra-man tally with 6:49 left and then scored a man-up goal with his own just over four minutes later for the final margin.
First-year Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made four of his seven saves in the first quarter for the Green and White.
Babson finished with a 45-35 edge in shots, while both teams scooped 29 ground balls. The Beavers also committed a season-low 12 turnovers.
• Wednesday's loss marked the fifth straight year that Babson's season has come to an end against Springfield.
• Sophomore Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and Allen finished the season with 44 and 40 points, respectively, giving the Beavers two players with 40 or more points for the first time since 2012.
• Wednesday's loss was just the second this season for Babson when leading after the first quarter.