LEWISTON, Maine—Junior Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) scored twice but visiting Babson College was unable to dig out of an early hole as it suffered an 18-9 loss at No. 14 Bates College in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Garcelon Field.
Senior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) had a goal and two assists, while classmate Axel Brown (Little Compton, R.I.) and first-year Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) each added a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Sophomore Dylan Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers, and classmate Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made nine saves in the loss.
Senior Clarke Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio) had five goals, sophomore Matt Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) scored three times, and senior Max Breschi (Carlisle, Pa.) and Brendan Mullally (Baltimore, Md.) tallied two goals apiece to lead the Bobcats. Junior Eli Cooper (Glastonbury, Conn.) won 18-of-22 face-offs and led all players with 11 ground balls, while classmate Rocco Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) caused a game-high four turnovers. Sophomore Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) finished with nine saves in just under 54 minutes of action.
Junior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) gave Babson a 1-0 lead just 1:42 into the first quarter before Bates responded with nine straight goals over the next 19 minutes. Dillon and sophomore Thomas Jung (Vienna, Va.) each scored to cut the deficit to 10-3 with less than five minutes to go in the second quarter only to see junior Matt Kelleher (Newburyport, Mass.) strike four seconds before halftime, extending the Bobcats' advantage back to 11-3.
The Beavers came out strong in the third quarter with goals by Fabel, sophomore Matthew MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) and O'Hanlon to pull within 12-6 at the 3:40 mark. Brown again cut the deficit to six by converting a feed from first-year Ethan Carpenter (Orlando, Fla.) with 12:36 to go in the fourth before Bates ripped off six straight goals over the span of 5:20 to go up as many as 18-7 on Chlastawa's tally with 5:15 remaining in the game.
The Beavers, who were successful on 18-of-21 clearing opportunities, scored on just two of eight extra-man chances. The Bobcats converted 22-of-24 clears and won the ground ball battle 41-22.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Union at 12 p.m., while Bates travels to Middlebury at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are 4-3 against Bates going back to 1979, although Wednesday's game was just the second between the teams since 1990.
• Fabel, who scored five goals in the season opener at Skidmore on Saturday, has recorded at least one point in 16 consecutive games going back to last March.
• Babson is now 1-8 since the start of last year when failing to score at least 12 goals.