Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Springfield

Men's Lacrosse at Springfield
Saturday, April 6 | 5 p.m.
Stagg Field | Springfield, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 39th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1970s.
• Although the Pride has won 34 of the previous 37 matchups against the Beavers, the programs have split their last four regular season contests. 

LAST MEETING
• The third-seeded Babson  men's lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal fourth-quarter deficit before falling to second-seeded Springfield in overtime, 12-11, in a (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on May 2, 2018.
• Senior Niall Dillon and sophomore Mason O'Hanlon both finished with two goals and two assists for the Beavers in the loss. Tom Hurley tallied his fifth marker 3:23 into the extra session, while Jake Reynolds stopped 18 shots for the Pride.

LAST BABSON WIN
• O'Hanlon scored four times in the fourth quarter and the Beavers closed the game with six unanswered goals to rally for an 11-8 win over visiting Springfield on April 7, 2018, at MacDowell Field.
• Fabel '18 had two goals and Dillon finished with a goal and two assists for the Beavers.
• Matt Allen, Duncan Preston and senior Lucas Habich combined for seven goals for the Pride, which were without the services of their top scorer, senior Jack Vail.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (4-6, 1-0 NEWMAC) defeated Western New England, 18-12, on Tuesday afternoon to record its second win in a row.
• Senior Cameron Glover posted a team-high five goals, first-year Zachary Schuette logged three goals and two assists, and senior Cole Finerty made 12 stops in the cage for the Pride, which led 16-5 after three quarters. 
• Junior Joe Hawley (16-16-32) has recorded a point in all but one game this season, Vail (21-10-31) and Habich (14-9-23) have scored two man-up goals apiece, and junior Joseph Cameron has won 48 percent of his face-offs in addition to picking up 45 ground balls. 
• First-year Connor Roberts leads the defense with 18 caused turnovers, while Finerty has posted a 12.99 goals against average to go along with a .540 save percentage in 10 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-5, 1-0 NEWMAC), which had won three in a row, fell to Endicott 11-5 on Wednesday evening.
• Senior Samuel Mishkind finished with two goals and one assist, while Dillon and juniors Owen Allen and Thomas Jung all scored once for the Beavers in the loss.
• Mishkind (28-9-37) is tied for 11th in the nation with eight man-up goals, Dillon (16-11-27) leads the Beavers in assists, and Allen (16-5-21) has scored in five consecutive outings.
• Sophomores John Antaya and Jack Tague have combined to cause 25 turnovers while picking up 50 ground balls, and junior Christopher Aranalde has a 10.01 goals against average to go along with a .550 save percentage in 10 starts.

TAKING PRIDE IN ITS DEFENSE
• The trio of Antaya, Tague and sophomore Quinn Schomp combined to scoop up 18 ground balls while causing eight turnovers in two meetings against Springfield last season.

MISHKIND NEARING EXCLUSIVE GROUP
• Mishkind needs three more points to become just the fourth player in school history to record at least 40 points in three seasons at Babson.
• The others Babson Hall of Famers Chris Grant '81 and Jay Conroy '81, as well as Alex Patinkin '13, who is the Beavers' all-time leading scorer.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• The Green and White ranks 24th in Division III having converted 85.5 percent of its clears through 10 games.
• Despite being held without an extra-man tally in Wednesday's loss at Endicott, Babson ranks 46th in the country with goals on 38 percent of its man-up chances.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have assisted on 70.3 percent (38-of-54) their goals over the last four games.