No. 3 Men's Lacrosse at No. 2 Springfield
NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
Wednesday, May 2—4 p.m.
Stagg Field—Springfield, Mass.
Babson and Springfield will meet for the 38th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1970s. The Pride has won 33 of the previous 36 matchups against the Beavers.
Babson and Springfield, who met in the conference tournament final in four straight seasons between 2012-15 as well as the semifinals last season, will face-off for the 11th time in the postseason on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers are 0-9 in the league playoffs and 0-10 all-time in the postseason against the Pride.
First-year Mason O'Hanlon scored four times in the fourth quarter and Babson closed the game with six unanswered goals to rally for an 11-8 win over visiting Springfield on April 7 at MacDowell Field. Senior Austin Fabel had two goals and junior Niall Dillon finished with a goal and two assists for the Beavers. Matt Allen, Duncan Preston and Lucas Habich combined for seven goals for the Pride, who were without the services of their top scorer, junior Jack Vail.
LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
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. Vail had three goals and three assists, and senior Jake Reynolds turned away 19 shots for the Pride.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
Second-seeded Springfield (11-5) outscored Wheaton 6-0 over the final two quarters to end their regular season with a 13-3 win and a share of the league title on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Joe Hawley recorded three goals and four assists, while Habich logged three goals in the first half. Senior JT Kapnis caused two turnovers and Reynolds made 12 saves in the win. Vail (23-26-49) leads the conference in assists, senior Tom Hurley (27-17-44) has recorded a goal in each of the last the last six contests, and Preston (26-10-36) owns 10 multi-goal games. Sophomore Joseph Cameron has won 48.8 percent of his face-offs, while senior Chris Cunnington leads the defense with 49 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers. Reynolds, who is second in the league with 158 saves, has a 9.61 goals against average and a .540 percentage in 16 starts this season.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Third-seeded Babson (9-6) settled for a share of the league's regular season title after suffering an 8-6 loss to Coast Guard in its NEWMAC finale on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Owen Allen scored twice, while O'Hanlon, senior Connor Maloney, junior Samuel Mishkind and first-year Jack Tague all had one goal for the Beavers, who were unable to overcome a three-goal halftime deficit. Mishkind (39-4-43) is tied for league lead with eight man-up tallies, O'Hanlon (20-9-29) is second on the team in goals, and Fabel (17-10-27) and Dillon (15-10-25) are tied for the team lead in assists. Maloney won 43.9 percent of his face-offs in conference play, Tague leads a strong defense with 46 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers, and sophomore Christopher Aranalde has posted a 10.61 goals against average and a .491 save percentage in 13 starts.
KINGS OF THE FOURTH
The Green and White has dominated the fourth quarter in league play, outscoring its opponents 25-8 while rallying from for wins over Springfield, Clark and MIT. The Beavers outshot the Pride 20-2 and forced five fourth-quarter turnovers in the regular season meeting between the teams last month.
Mishkind, who joined Fabel and Brown in the 100-point club with his first-quarter tally on Saturday, needs one goal to become the first Babson player since Armand Wilson 'XX in 2011 and just the eighth in program history to score 40 in a season.
HANGING THEIR HAT ON DEFENSE
The Beavers have allowed just 6.85 goals per game in conference play and are averaging 8.29 caused turnovers during this stretch. Additionally, Babson's goalies have posted a .622 save percentage while turning away 11.29 shots per outing against NEWMAC foes.
The winner of Wednesday's semifinal will take on either top-seeded Coast Guard or fourth-seeded MIT in Saturday's conference final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Over their last five meetings, Babson and Springfield have been separated by more than a goal at halftime just once.