WORCESTER, Mass.—Sophomore Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals and visiting Babson College held Clark University scoreless over the final 21 minutes on its way to recording an 8-7 win in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Granger Field.
With its fifth straight win, Babson improves to 8-5 overall and 5-0 in conference play, while Clark slips to 8-5 and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) recorded two goals and an assist, classmate Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) picked up four groundballs to go along with a goal and an assist, and sophomore Kevin Klempner (Staurt, Fla.) won 7-of-9 face-offs for the Beavers. Sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Aranalde (Rockville, Centre, N.Y.) recorded nine of his 14 saves in the second half to earn his fifth win of the season.
Junior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) led all scorers with four goals, senior Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) recorded two goals, and sophomore Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y) chipped in by picking up six groundballs to go along with a goal. Junior Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) logged 13 saves on the day in the loss.
Goals by Junior Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) and Duffy gave the Green and White a 2-0 lead with 6:27 to go in the first quarter, and Mishkind notched the first of his two tallies to make it 3-1 less than two minutes into the second. Clark dominated the final eight minutes of the frame scoring four times, including a pair of markers by King, to build a 5-3 advantage at halftime.
Senior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) cut the Babson deficit to one just over five minutes into the third quarter, but King scored twice in the span of 57 seconds to extend the Cougars' lead to 7-4 at the 6:04 mark. Aranalde made a pair of saves late in the stanza and first-year Quinn Schomp (Duxbury, Mass.) and Mishkind both scored to make it 7-6 going to the fourth.
Aranalde made a pair of saves to thwart a Cougars' man-up chance early in the fourth and Allen converted and extra-man opportunity for Babson to tie the game with 10:06 remaining. Allen gave the Beavers their first lead since early in the second quarter with 5:32 left and the defense came up big down the stretch. Aranalde made his final save of the game with just over three minutes to go and the Green and White forced a turnover with 47 seconds left before running out the clock to seal the victory.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as the Beavers host MIT, while Clark travels to Springfield.
• The Beavers are now 21-1 all-time against the Cougars.
• Babson has rallied from three-goal second-half deficits for one-goal victories in each of its last three trips to Worcester since 2014.
• Through five conference games, the Green and White is allowing just 5.80 goals per game.
• The Beavers have outscored their first five conference opponents 32-13 in the second half.