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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Rensselaer

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Rensselaer

Men's Lacrosse vs Rensselaer
Saturday, March 10—12.p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Rensselaer will meet for the second season in a row on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers hold a 1-0 lead in the series.

The Beavers fell to Rensselaer, 13-7, on April 12, 2017, in Troy, N.Y. Junior Niall Dillon posted four goals, but visiting Babson was unable to overcome a five-goal halftime deficit in the loss. Senior Zach Lukas finished with four goals and one assist, while sophomore Owen Putnam added three goals and three assists for the Engineers.

Rensselaer (1-1) recorded its first win of the season last Saturday downing Montclair State, 12-3. Lukas finished with three goals and three assists, juniors JT Kelly and Lucas Bastarache both finished with two goals and two assists, and senior Oliver Kaija won 7-of-11 face-offs to go along with five groundballs. Lukas (8-4-12) leads the team with a pair of man-up goals, Kelly (2-5-7) is first on the squad in assists, and Kaija has won 13-of-27 face-offs and picked up eight ground balls. Five different players have two caused turnovers, while senior goalkeeper Parker Smith has posted a 7.18 goals against average and a .545 save percentage.

Babson (2-2) ended its two game losing streak by defeating Curry, 15-11, on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Samuel Mishkind recorded five goals and a logged a career-high seven ground balls, first-year Mason O'Hanlon scored a season-high four goals, and classmate Ethan Carpenter chipped in with two markers for the Beavers, who led by eight midway through the fourth quarter. Mishkind (14-1-15) leads the squad with five man-up goals, senior Austin Fabel (8-5-13) is the team leader in assists, and O'Hanlon (9-4-13) has recorded four straight multi-point games. First-year Jack Tague leads the defense with 15 groundballs and three caused turnovers, while sophomore Christopher Aranalde has posted a 13.74 goals against average and a .413 save percentage in net.

The Green and White enters its third and final contest against a Liberty League foe after splitting games against Skidmore and Union this season. Despite winning just 41.8 percent of their face-offs and getting outshot 89-72, the Beavers and their opponents have both scored 25 goals in the two previous games.

The trio of Mishkind, Fabel and O'Hanlon has combined for 18 goals, five assists and 23 of Babson's 32 points in games against Liberty League opponents Skidmore and Union.

Despite being forced to start three new long poles due to graduation and injury, Babson's young defense limited Curry to just five goals and 20 shots on cage during the first three quarters of Tuesday's victory. Sophomores Luke Talman, Dylan Herrmann and Thomas Calvert have combined to forced eight turnovers in addition to picking up 23 ground balls.

The Beavers are 8-1 since the start of last season when leading at halftime.