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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at No. 14 Bates

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at No. 14 Bates

Men's Lacrosse vs. No. 14 Bates
Wednesday, February 28—5 p.m.
Garcelon Field—Lewiston, Maine

THE SERIES
Babson and Bates will meet for the second year in a row and just the eighth time since 1979 on Wednesday. The Beavers are 4-2 against the Bobcats in their previous six meetings although last year's contest was the first between the teams since 1990. 

LAST MEETING
Then-15th-ranked Bates scored three unanswered goals over the final nine minutes to rally past Babson, 10-8, on March 1, 2017 at MacDowell Field. Connor Flaherty '17 had two goals and junior Niall Dillon finished with a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Andrew Melvin finished with three goals and one assist, while Sam Francis won 13-of-19 face-offs for the Bobcats. 

LAST BABSON WIN
The Beavers defeated Bates, 16-15, on April 23, 1990, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
No. 14 Bates (0-1) opened the season with a 9-7 against third-ranked RIT on Saturday. Sophomore Matt Chlastawa and senior Clarke Jones both scored twice for the Bobcats, who got 14 saves from sophomore goalie Rob Strain. Chlastawa also dished out two assists, senior Burke Smith scooped up six groundballs and junior Stephen Bull caused three turnovers in the opener. Junior Eli Cooper and first-year Chris Costello also combined to win 9-of-19 face-offs for Bates. Despite the loss of three All-Americans, Chlastawa and Jake Walsh combined for 67 goals and 64 assists for a team that went 16-2 and reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2017. 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (1-0) opened the season with a 17-13 victory at Skidmore on Saturday afternoon. Senior Austin Fabel and junior Samuel Mishkind combined for nine goals, while first-year Mason O'Hanlon has scored three goals and recorded two assists for five points. Classmate Will Messner won 7-of-13 face-offs in the first game, classmate Jack Tague led the Beavers with six grounds balls, and sophomore Christopher Aranalde made eight of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. The Green and White returns its top six scorers and senior Jack O'Donoghue, who earned honorable mention All-America honors, from a team that went 8-8 overall in 2017. 

GETTING THEIR FEET WET
Eight of the Beavers' 12 first-year players saw action in the season opener at Skidmore on Saturday. Additionally, Tague and fellow rookies Max Mandia and Quinn Schomp were all part of the starting lineup.

CONTINUING TO PRODUCE
Fabel, which set a new career high with five goals and matched his single-game high with six points, has registered at least one point in 15 straight contests going back to last year. The last time he was held off the stat sheet came in last season's loss to Bates.

SPECIAL TEAMS STEPPING UP
The Green and White score notched four special teams goal in its season opener, which includes a pair of man-up tallies by Dillon and a man-down goal by Fabel. The man-down goal was just the third for Babson since the start of the 2016 campaign.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 9-2 going back to the start of last year when scoring 10 or more goals.

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