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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Union

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Union

Men's Lacrosse vs Union
Saturday, March 3—12 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Union will meet for the 10th consecutive season on Saturday afternoon. The Dutchmen have won each of the previous nine matchups against the Beavers going back to 2009.

Jack Scheufele '17 scored his only goal of the game 2:00 into overtime to lift Union to a 13-12 win over visiting Babson on March 5, 2017. March 5, 2017. Junior Niall Dillon scored four goals and added one assist, while classmate Brendan Duffy and senior Jack O'Donoghue each scored twice. O'Donoghue also scooped up six ground balls and caused a game-high four turnovers for the Beavers. Daniel Kycia scored three times and Peter Richardson had two goals and three assists to lead the Dutchmen. 

Union (1-0) opened the season with a 13-4 win over Endicott on Wednesday. Eight different Dutchmen found the back of the net as sophomore Kerry Lyne recorded five goals and an assist to the lead with team with six points, while first-year Kieran McGovern posted two assists to go along with his goal. Sophomore Patrick Regan won 5-of-7 face-offs, classmate Josh Wills picked up five groundballs and junior Peter McKinlay led all players with five caused turnovers. Senior Sam Bebout recorded five saves and only allowed in one goal to earn his first win of the year. Union returns five starters from a team that went 8-6 and finished sixth in the Liberty League last year. 

Babson (1-1) enters Saturday's contest looking to bounce back from an 18-9 loss to 14th-ranked Bates on Wednesday. Senior Austin Fabel had a goal and two assists, while classmate Axel Brown and first-year Mason O'Hanlon each added a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Sophomore Dylan Herrmann finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers, and classmate Christopher Aranalde made nine saves in the loss. Fabel (6-3-9) and O'Hanlon (4-3-7) are tied for the team lead in assists, while Dillon (4-1-5) has scored three man-up goals over the first two games. First-year Jack Tague leads the Green and White with eight ground balls and sophomore Dylan Herrmann has forced a team-high four turnovers. Aranalde has posted a 15.50 goals against average and a .404 save percentage in two starts between the pipes.

Although the Beavers are looking for their first win in the all-time series, they've got a number of strong individual performances against Union as of late. Dillon has five goals and four assists for nine points in two career matchups, while O'Donoghue has collected nine ground balls and caused seven turnovers over the last three seasons.

Despite splitting its first two games on the road, the Green and White has won just 32.3 percent of its face-offs. First-year Will Messner leads a trio of rookies with a 42.9 percent success rate thus far.

Babson went 5-2 inside the friendly confines of MacDowell Field last season and are 15-5 at home since April 11, 2015.

The Beavers have won eight of their last nine games when carrying a lead into the fourth quarter.