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NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Clark

NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: Men's Lacrosse at Clark

NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal
Men's Lacrosse at Clark
Tuesday, April 30 | 7 p.m.
Granger Field | Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Clark will meet for the 24th time on Tuesday night in a series that dates back to 1994. The Beavers are 21-2 all-time against the Cougars but have dropped of the last three matchups between the teams.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Babson and Clark will meet for the first time in the conference playoffs in Tuesday night's quarterfinal.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Bobby Philbin scored 3:16 into the second overtime as Clark scored six unanswered goals to stun the Beavers, 13-12, on April 20 in Babson Park.
• Philbin scored twice and won 15-of-20 face-offs, while senior Nathan Masalek made 19 saves to help the Cougars erase a 12-7 fourth-quarter deficit. Junior Owen Allen scored three times to lead Babson.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Allen scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals and the Beavers held Clark scoreless over the final 21 minutes to record an 8-7 win on April 21, 2018, in Worcester.
• Senior Samuel Mishkind recorded two goals and an assist and junior Christopher Aranalde stopped 14 shots in the victory. Brandon King scored four times for the Cougars, who led 7-4 with 6:04 to go in the third quarter.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Fourth-seeded Clark (10-7) earned just its fourth postseason bid despite having its six-game winning streak snapped in a 13-10 loss to MIT on Saturday.
• Junior Chris Rasco scored four goals Masalek made 19 saves for the Cougars, who committed 19 turnovers and never led against the Engineers.
• Rasco (50-3-53) leads the conference in goals, junior Jack Mandracchia (18-28-45) is third in the NEWMAC in assists, and senior Brandon King (35-8-43) ranks third in the league with eight man-up tallies.
• Philbin ranks fourth in Division III winning 75.8 percent of his face-offs, senior Tyler Sullivan leads the team with 18 caused turnovers, and Masalek has posted a 10.61 goals against average and leads the NEWMAC with a .604 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Fifth-seeded Babson (8-8) dropped its final three games of the regular season and is coming off a 14-11 loss at Coast Guard on Saturday.
• Allen scored four times and Mishkind finished with three goals for the Beavers, who held an 8-6 lead with less than six minutes to go in the third quarter.
• Mishkind (42-10-52) is fourth in the NEWMAC in goals, senior Niall Dillon (25-19-44) leads the team in assists, and Allen (30-13-43) has erupted for 13 goals and 19 points over the last five games.
• Sophomore Jack Tague leads the Green and White with 43 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers, while Aranalde ranks second in goals against average (9.64) and has posted a .528 save percentage in 16 starts.

CLOSE CALLS IN THE COUGAR DEN
• Each of Babson's last three wins at Clark going back to 2014 have come by a single goal, and each time the Green and White has trailed by as many as three goals in the third quarter.
• In addition to holding the Cougars scoreless over the final 21 minutes of last year's 8-7 victory, the Beavers erupted for six fourth-quarter goals in a 14-13 triumph in 2016, and needed OT to pull out a 7-6 win in 2014.

SWITCHING UP THE MATCHUP
• Tuesday's quarterfinal against Clark will mark the first time since 2006 that Babson has faced an opponent other than Springfield, MIT or Wheaton in the conference playoffs. The Green and White lost to Western New England, which is currently a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, in the semifinals that season.

ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR MISHKIND
• With his hat trick on Saturday Mishkind moved into second place on the program's career list with 130 goals. His 42 tallies this season are also the most by a Babson player since 1995 and good for second on the school's single-season chart.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 8-0 this season when holding their opponents to nine goals or less.

LOOKING AHEAD
• The winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal will travel to top-seeded Coast Guard for a semifinal contest on Thursday.

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