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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Roger Williams

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Roger Williams

Men's Lacrosse at Roger Williams
Wednesday, February 20 | 3:30 p.m.
Bayside Field | Bristol, R.I.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Roger Williams will meet for the 11th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to 1990. The Beavers are 9-1 all-time against the Hawks and have won three straight in the series.

LAST MEETING
• Seniors Samuel Mishkind and Brendan Duffy combined for three goals over the final 55 seconds as the Beavers rallied for an improbable 11-10 win over Roger Williams on March 15, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Mishkind scored five times, senior Niall Dillon added two goals and two assists, and junior Luke Talman caused three turnovers for Babson. Junior Jude Marzec finished with three goals for the Hawks, who got 17 saves from senior Weston Nolan.

LAST ROGER WILLIAMS WIN
• Mike Hanna tied the game with 9:19 left in the fourth quarter and then set up Will Siefert's goal with 13 seconds remaining in overtime as the Hawks defeated the Beavers, 10-9, on March 15, 2014, in Babson Park.
• Hanna led all players with five goals, while Alan Williams won 16-of-22 face-offs and scooped up a game-high 10 ground balls for Roger Williams. Spencer Low '16 scored twice for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS
• Roger Williams (0-0) returns 16 players from a team that finished 9-8 overall and reached the CCC Tournament semifinals last season.
• Sophomore Tim Mullane (30 goals-19 assists-49 points) led the team in assists, classmate Jared Grier (31-13-44) was first on the squad with four man-up goals, and Marzec scored a team-high 33 goals and was third on the squad with 43 points.
• Junior Harrison Levesque won 52.6 percent of his face-offs and scooped up 82 ground balls, while classmate Brian Brockwell led a defense that brings back five starters with 32 caused turnovers last spring.
• Nolan started 13 of 14 games going 8-5 with an 8.81 goals against average and a .571 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (0-0) brings back 29 players from a team that went 9-7 and fell to Springfield in the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals after capturing a share of the regular season league title last spring.
• Mishkind (41-4-45) recorded the program's first 40-goal season since 2011, sophomore Mason O'Hanlon (22-11-33) was second on the team in assists, and Dillon (17-12-29) was second on the team with six man-up goals.
• Sophomore Jack Tague, one of five returning starters on defense, led the team with 50 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers, while juniors Thomas Calvert and Dylan Herrmann combined to force 30 turnovers in 2018.
• Junior goalie Christopher Aranalde earned all-conference honors after posting a 10.68 goals against average and a .498 save percentage in 14 starts last year.

BATTY SET FOR BABSON DEBUT
• First-year head coach Rocky Batty, who was hired in July, will make his make his debut as a collegiate head coach on Wednesday against Roger Williams.
• Batty, who came to Babson following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Boston University, led Wellesley High School to 10 state tournament appearances in 10 years at the helm prior to joining the Terriers program.

HEADING BACK TO BRISTOL
• Babson's trip to Roger Williams is the program's first since 2015 when it got two goals apiece from Brendan Coan '16 and Austin Fabel '18, and five caused turnovers from current assistant coach Alex Bunick '15 in a 9-4 win over the Hawks.

JACK IS BACK
• In addition to its returning talent on defense, the Beavers welcome back graduate student Jack O'Donoghue, who missed nearly all of last spring after suffering a season-ending in the season opener at Skidmore.
• A 2017 USILA/Nike All-America honorable mention honoree and two-time all-conference first-team selection, O'Donoghue has picked up 224 ground balls and contributed 81 caused turnovers in 52 career games.

NEWMAC COACHES CAST THEIR BALLOTS
• The Green and White was picked to finish third when the league released its preseason coaches' poll last week. Defending tournament champion Springfield collected six of nine first-place votes to edge last year's tournament runner-up, Coast Guard, in the poll.
• Babson finished atop the league standings along with the Pride and Bears at 6-1 last year.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 12-1 going back to the start of the 2017 campaign when carrying a lead into the fourth quarter.

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