SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—The third-seeded Babson College men's lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal fourth-quarter deficit before falling to second-seeded Springfield College in overtime, 12-11, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Wednesday afternoon.
Babson, which captured a share of the league's regular season title, sees its season come to a close at 9-7, while Springfield improves to 12-5 and will make its 11th straight NEWMAC Tournament final appearance on Saturday.
Junior Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) and first-year Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) both finished with two goals and two assists for the Beavers. Senior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) and junior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) both scored twice, senior Connor Maloney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and sophomore Kevin Klempner (Stuart, Fla.) combined to win 16-of-27 face-offs, and classmate Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made 13 saves in the loss.
Senior Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) scored five times and sophomore Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) added a goal and five assists for the Pride. Classmate Joseph Cameron (Stoneham, Mass.) won 6-of-9 face-offs and senior Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) turned away 18 shots in the victory.
Trailing 11-7 just over a minute into the fourth quarter, the Green and White ripped off four unanswered goals to force overtime. Dillon and first-year Will Messner (South Kingstown, R.I.) scored 26 seconds apart to pull within 11-9 at the 12:27 mark, while Fabel trimmed the deficit to just one with 8:38 to go. O'Hanlon tied the game with 1:20 remaining and Dillon had his shot from the right wing carom off the post with 11 seconds left to force the extra session.
Both teams missed on scoring opportunities early in overtime before Springfield sophomore Anthony Sullivan (Westfield, Mass.) scooped up a ground ball following a turnover and carried it through the midfield before dishing it to Hurley on the doorstep for the game winner with 37 seconds left in the extra session.
Dillon gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the contest, but Springfield responded with five of the next six goals to build a 5-2 advantage late in the second quarter. Hurley scored following a turnover in the closing seconds of the first half and then netted a pair of goals just past the midway point of the third to extend the Pride's advantage to 8-4.
The Green and White finished with a 32-23 edge in ground balls and outshot the hosts 49-33.
• The Beavers have seen their season come to an end against Springfield in six consecutive years going back to 2013.
• Prior to Wednesday, Babson had never gone to overtime in the postseason.
• With two goals against the Pride, Mishkind is one of just eight players in school history and the first since 2011 to score 40 or more goals in a season.
• The Green and White outscored NEWMAC opponents 29-9 in the fourth quarter of eight games this spring.