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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Skidmore

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Skidmore

Men's Lacrosse at Skidmore
Saturday, February 24—1 p.m.
Wachenheim Field—Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

THE SERIES
Babson and Skidmore will meet for the 16th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2003. The Beavers are 5-10 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and have won four of the last six matchups between the squads.

LAST MEETING
Sophomore Owen Allen scored four times and junior Brendan Duffy contributed three goals and two assists as the Beavers defeated Skidmore, 13-10, in the season opener for both teams on February 25, 2017, in Babson Park. Senior Connor Maloney and sophomore Kevin Klempner combined to win 19-of-26 face-offs for the Green and White. Jack Metzler finished with three goals for the Thoroughbreds.

LAST SKIDMORE WIN
Kevin Mulvey scored six goals and Cody Legaza added three goals and three assists to help Skidmore defeat Babson, 16-10, on February 27, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Senior Axel Brown scored four times and Connor Flaherty '17 notched two goals and two assists for the Beavers, who gave up a six-goal run and trailed 10-5 at the half. Junior goaltender Chris Baughan finished with 18 saves for the Thoroughbreds.

SCOUTING THE THOROUGHBREDS
Skidmore (0-0) welcomes back eight starters and five of its top six scorers from a team that finished 6-9 in 2017. Sophomore Will Lukas (14-29-43) lead the team in scoring, senior Brendan Halloran (23-12-35) was second on the team in points, and classmate Cody Legaza led the squad with 26 goals. Fellow senior Ryan Warnock won just 40.3 percent of his face-offs and scooped up 71 ground balls, while sophomore Chris Sibilia led all players with 19 caused turnovers. Senior goalie Chris Baughan started all 15 games finishing with a 10.57 goals against average and a .549 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (0-0) returns 29 players, including six of its top eight scorers, from a team that went 8-8 overall and finished fourth in the NEWMAC last spring. Junior Samuel Mishkind (33-8-41) led the Beavers in scoring, while Allen (27-13-40) led the team in assists and finished second in points. Senior long pole Jack O'Donoghue scooped up 95 ground balls and ranked 21st in Division III forcing 2.50 turnovers per contest, and the combination of Klempner and Maloney won 51.5 percent of their face-offs. Sophomore goalie Christopher Aranalde started 10 of 16 games and registered a 9.82 goals against average and a .554 save percentage.

PRESEASON HONORS FOR O'DONOGHUE
O'Donoghue, who became just the second player in program history to earn USILA All-America honorable mention recognition last season, was named to the NEILA all-region preseason second team on February 16.

RISING IN THE POLL
Despite falling short of the conference tournament title game for the first time since 2012 last spring, the Beavers picked up one first-place vote and came in second when the NEWMAC released its preseason poll last week.

PRODUCING AGAINST THE THOROUGHBREDS
Senior Axel Brown and junior Niall Dillon have combined for seven goals and five assists for 12 points in the last two games against Skidmore. Sophomore Thomas Jung also tallied twice in last year's victory at MacDowell Field.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers went 7-4 last season when putting at least 25 shots on goal.

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