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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Springfield

Men's Lacrosse vs. Springfield
Saturday, April 6—3 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 36th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1970s. The Pride has won five straight and 33 of the previous 35 matchups between the squads. 

Sophomore Owen Allen scored three times but fourth-seeded Babson was held to just three second-half goals in its 12-8 loss to top-seeded Springfield in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on May 3, 2017 at Stagg Field. Connor Flaherty '17 and senior Axel Brown both had two goals and an assist for the Beavers. Junior Jack Vail had three goals and three assists, and senior Jake Reynolds turned away 19 shots for the Pride.  

Spencer Low '16 scored three times and senior Matthew Logan added two goals and two assists as the Beavers defeated Springfield, 12-10, in the conference opener for both teams on March 28, 2015, in Springfield. Brendan Coan '16 contributed two goals and junior goaltender Jordan Shapiro stopped 11 shots for Babson, which built a five-goal fourth-quarter cushion. Dylan Sheehan had four goals for the Pride.

Springfield (6-3, 1-0 NEWMAC), the defending NEWMAC champions, opened conference play with a 28-6 victory over Emerson last Friday.  Junior Ray McCarthy recorded a team high five goals as 18 players found the back of the net, while sophomore Matt D'Andrea won 8-of-13 face-offs and picked up four groundballs for the Pride, who scored the final 12 goals of the game. Vail (12-15-27) is third in the league in assists and senior Tom Hurley (14-7-21) and junior Lucas Habich (12-3-15) have combined to score five man-up goals. Sophomore Joseph Cameron has won 48.9 percent of his face-offs and picked up 41 groundballs, senior Chris Cunnington leads the defense with 14 caused turnovers, and Reynolds has posted an 11.31 goals against average and a .511 save percentage in nine starts.

Babson (4-5, 1-0 NEWMAC) defeated Mass. Maritime, 10-4, to open up NEWMAC play last Friday night. Junior Samuel Mishkind scored four goals, Allen chipped in with two goals and a team-high four groundballs, while the trio of senior Jordan Shapiro, sophomore Christopher Aranalde, and first-year Mac Mowat combined to make eight saves for the Beavers. Mishkind (31-2-33) and junior Niall Dillon (11-7-18) have combined for 12 man-up goals,while first-year Mason O'Hanlon (13-7-20) is tied for the team lead in assists and ranks second in points. First-year Jack Tague has a team-high caused nine turnovers and has scooped up 28 groundballs, while Aranalde has posted a 12.22 goals against average and has posted a .444 save percentage in nine starts on the year. 

Mishkind, who ranks 20th in Division III averaging 3.44 goals per game, has moved into a tie with Eric Deehan '92 for 13th on the program's all-time list with 78 goals.

Dillon, sophomores Dylan Herrmann and Thomas Calvert, and first-year John Antaya all finished with two caused turnovers in last Friday's win over Mass. Maritime. As a team, the Green and White matched its season high by forcing 12 turnovers and is now 2-1 on the year when forcing at least 10 miscues.

Since defeating Springfield 12-10 back in 2015 the Beavers have been limited to just 7.2 goals per game. The Green and White has put 76 shots on goal over the last three meetings only to be stymied by Reynolds, who has turned 56 of them during this span.

Going back to the 2014, Babson has gone 25-7 in the month of April, which includes an 11-4 mark at MacDowell Field.