BABSON PARK, Mass.—Buoyed by the return of seven starters and its top six scorers, the Babson College men's lacrosse team is looking forward to a bounce back season in 2018.
READY TO ROLL
The Beavers, who won four of their final five regular season games, bring back 29 players from a squad that went 8-8 overall and 4-3 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) last season. The Green and White finished fourth in the league standings and fell short of reaching the league tournament final for the first time since 2012 under eighth-year head coach Brendan Gorman.
PLENTY OF SCORING PUNCH
Junior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) led Babson with 33 goals and eight assists for 41 points, while sophomore Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) pumped in 27 goals and a team-high 13 assists to finish second in scoring with 40 points as a rookie in 2017. Juniors Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) and Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) both finished with 20 goals and 11 assists, senior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) tallied a career-high 16 goals to go along with 12 assists for 28 points, and classmate Axel Brown (Little Compton, R.I.), who produced 43 points as a sophomore in 2016, finished with 19 goals last spring.
DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
Led by senior Jack O'Donoghue (Scituate, Mass.), who received USILA honorable mention All-America honors last season, the Babson defense returns three starters and a host of experience at long pole and in goal. O'Donoghue led the team with 95 ground balls and 42 caused turnovers, and ranked 21st in Division III in caused turnovers per game (2.50), sophomore Luke Talman (Del Mar, Calif.) started 13 contests and senior Joseph Riccardi (Ridgewood, N.J.) forced a career-high 11 turnovers in 2017. Sophomore goalie Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) went 6-7 with a 9.82 goals against average and .554 save percentage, while senior Jordan Shapiro (Pleasantville, N.Y.) has made 35 starts over his first three seasons and finished with a 10.32 goals against average and a career-best .515 save percentage last season.
CONTROLLING THE MIDFIELD
The Green and White returns its top two face-off men in sophomore Kevin Klempner (Stuart, Fla.) and senior Connor Maloney (Hopkinton, Mass.), in addition to a host of young middies that will look to continue to make an impact. Klempner won 52.2 percent of his face-offs before missing the final the final five contests due to injury, while Maloney won has won 51.3 percent in 49 career games. Junior Brett Bottomley (Mercer Island, Wash.) made 13 starts and scooped up 13 ground balls, while the long-stick midfield trio of senior Erik Patriquin (Sherborn, Mass.) and sophomores Tyler Patterson (Millstone Township, N.J.) and Owen Peterson (San Diego, Calif.) combined for 34 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers last year.
ADDITIONS ON THE ATTACK
Along with the return of its top six scorers, Babson also brings back a trio of players that should be a factor on offense this season. Senior Jason Cox (Westwood, Mass.), who has scored 10 career man-up goals, and sophomore Thomas Jung (Vienna, Va.) scored nine and seven goals, respectively, and finished with 12 points apiece last season. Senior Taylor Segreti (North Potomac, Md.), who produced 15 goals and 19 assists over his first two seasons, returns to the program after missing last season.
NEW FACES FROM MANY PLACES
The Beavers' 12-man first-year class, which will look to make an immediate impact on the field, hails from 11 different states. In all, Babson has players from 13 states, including Minnesota, California, North Carolina and Arizona, as well as the Canadian province of Ontario.
CHALLENGES AWAIT THE BEAVERS
In addition to its seven-game NEWMAC schedule, the Beavers will non-conference slate features three games against teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament. Babson travels to 11th-ranked Bates in late February and will face Colorado College and Sewanee on a spring break trip to Philadelphia in mid-March.