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Men's Lacrosse Shuts Down Roger Williams in Season Opener, 11-2

Men's Lacrosse Shuts Down Roger Williams in Season Opener, 11-2

Batty Collects First Collegiate Victory as Beavers Roll Past Hawks

BRISTOL, R.I.—Senior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and sophomore Ethan Carpenter (Orlando, Fla.) both scored three times to help lift visiting Babson College to a 11-2 win over Roger Williams University in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at Bayside Field.

Babson is 1-0 after winning its season opener for the third year in a row, while Roger Williams opens 0-1 for the fourth time in five years. The victory also was the first as a collegiate head coach for Rocky Batty, who was hired back in July.

Senior Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) contributed two goals and one assist, while classmate Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.), junior Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) and sophomore Alexander Lesher (Scottsdale, Ariz.) all scored once for the Beavers. Sophomore John Antaya (Duxbury, Mass.) tied for game-high honors with four ground balls, first-year Jack Gregory (Mendham, N.J.) won 8-of-15 face-offs, and junior Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, Mass.) made 10 saves in the victory.

Sophomore Tim Mullane (Hanover, Mass.) and senior Chris Bova (Ridgefield, Conn.) both scored for the Hawks, who got 15 saves from classmate Weston Nolan (Falmouth, Maine). Junior Scott Trudel (Manchester, Vt.) scooped up four ground balls and classmate Brian Brockwell (Duxbury, Mass.) led all players with three caused turnovers in the loss.

Mishkind opened the game with back-to-back goals and Carpenter and Duffy followed with tallies just 42 seconds apart to give the Green and White a 4-0 lead 6:22 into the contest. Mishkind completed his hat trick with a man-up marker 49 seconds into the second quarter, while Allen and Duffy tacked on goals less than a minute apart to make it 7-0 with 7:22 to go until halftime.

Mullane got Roger Williams on the board with 4:06 remaining in the second quarter, but the hosts struggled mightily on the offensive end committing 12 turnovers while attempting just 13 shots over the final three periods. Dillon notched his first goal of the year to extend the Beavers' margin back to 8-1 early in the third, and Carpenter netted consecutive tallies in the first 1:19 of the fourth to make it 10-2.

Babson, which outshot the Hawks, 12-3 in the fourth quarter, got a goal from Lesher in the closing seconds for the final margin.

The Beavers finished with a 40-24 edge in shots, scored a pair of man-up goals and were a perfect 19-for-19 on clearing opportunities. Roger Williams held a slim 28-24 edge in ground balls.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson hosts Skidmore, while the Hawks take on UMass Boston.

• The Beavers are now 10-1 all-time against Roger Williams and have won four straight matchups between the programs.
• Batty is the program's first head coach since Bill Cole in 1995 to win his Babson debut.
• The two goals allowed by the Beavers on Wednesday are the fewest they have given up since defeating Emerson, 15-1, on April 26, 2017.
• Babson has now won four straight regular season road games dating back to March 30 of last year.