Men's Lacrosse vs. Coast Guard
Saturday, April 28—12 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Coast Guard will meet for just the fourth time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 2015. The Beavers have won all three previous matchups against the Bears.
Senior Austin Fabel scored the go-ahead goal with under four minutes to go in the fourth quarter as Babson rallied for a 16-15 win over Coast Guard on April 29, 2017, in New London, Conn. Juniors Brendan Duffy and Samuel Mishkind both finished with three goals and one assist for the Beavers, who trailed 10-5 early in the third quarter. Junior Anthony Wyler poured in eight goals and classmate Colin Cashin won 21-of-31 face-offs for the Bears.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Babson, which clinched a share of its second NEWMAC regular season title in four years on Wednesday night, can secure and undefeated season in league play and the top seed in next week's conference tournament with a victory. Should Coast Guard win, it would likely force a three-way tie between the Beavers, Bears and Springfield.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Coast Guard (12-3, 5-1 NEWMAC), which is eighth in the most recent NCAA regional rankings, is coming off a 23-5 win over Emerson on Wednesday. Wyler, sophomore Riley McNulty and first-year Will Iorio each finished with three goals apiece for the Bears, who put 14 players into the scoring column. McNulty (41-23-64) leads the conference in points, junior Benner Geurtsen (20-17-37) has produced seven multi-goal games, and Iorio (20-16-36) has netted five man-up tallies. Cashin is second in the league with a 57.3 face-off winning percentage to go along with 70 ground balls, while junior Mike McCaslin leads the team with 25 caused turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Trey Johnson ranks first in goals against average (6.36) and third in save percentage (.586) in 14 starts.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (9-5, 6-0 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to six with a 12-11 come-from-behind win over MIT on Wednesday. Senior Taylor Segreti scored three times and junior Brett Bottomley notched the game-winning goal off a feed from Fabel with 36 seconds left for the Beavers, who trailed by three midway through the third quarter. Mishkind (37-4-41) leads the league with eight man-up tallies, first-year Mason O'Hanlon (19-9-28) is second on the team in goals, and Fabel (17-10-27) and junior Niall Dillon (15-10-25) are tied for the team lead in assists. First-year Jack Tague paces a stout defense with 42 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers, while sophomore Christopher Aranalde has posted a 10.87 goals against average and a .488 save percentage in 12 starts.
STEPPING INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
First-year goalkeeper Mac Mowat made his first career start in Wednesday's win stopping 12 shots to improve to 3-0 on the year. He made eight saves in the second half and limited the Engineers to just one goal over the final 22:39.
SALUTE TO THE SENIORS
Fabel, Segreti and fellow seniors Axel Brown, Jason Cox, Connor Maloney, Jack O'Donoghue, Erik Patriquin, Joseph Riccardi and Jordan Shaprio will take part in their final regular season home game on Saturday afternoon. The group has led the program to 38 wins, the 2015 NEWMAC regular season title and a pair of conference tournament championship game appearances.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have outscored their conference opponents 23-6 in the fourth quarter this spring.