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Strong Defense, Balanced Scoring Lead Men's Lacrosse Past Springfield, 9-5

Strong Defense, Balanced Scoring Lead Men's Lacrosse Past Springfield, 9-5

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Sophomore John Calicchio (Gulfstream, Fla.) scored a career-high three goals and Babson College forced Springfield College into a season-high 28 turnovers on its way to defeating the Pride, 9-5, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday evening at Stagg Field.

With its fourth win in the last five games, Babson improves to 6-5 overall and 2-0 in league play, while Springfield slips to 4-7 overall and 1-1 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) finished with a goal and two assists, classmate Matt MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) scored once and had one helper, and senior Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) dished out two assists for the Beavers. Sophomore Will Messner (South Kingstown, R.I.) had three ground balls and three caused turnovers, while classmate John Antaya (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in with four ground balls and two caused turnovers in the win.

Senior Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.), classmate Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) and sophomore Patrick Watson (Franklin, Mass.) all finished with a goal and an assist for the Pride. Junior Joseph Cameron (Stoneham, Mass.) won 11-of-17 face-offs and scooped up 10 ground balls in the loss.

Junior Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) got Springfield on the board 2:29 into the first quarter before the Green and White took control of the game with five straight goals. Calicchio scored his first off a feed from senior Brett Bottomley (Mercer Island, Wash.), sophomore Alex Lesher (Scottsdale, Ariz.) followed with another tally just over 90 seconds later, and classmate Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) converted an extra-man opportunity to make it 3-1 with 5:19 to go in the first.

MacCune made it 4-1 less than two minutes into the second and Calicchio completed his hat trick by scoring twice over the final 10:03 of the stanza to give the Beavers a 6-2 lead at the half. Junior Thomas Jung (Vienna, Va.) scored at the midway point of the third quarter and Allen put away a feed from Messner to give Babson its biggest lead of the game at 8-2 with 5:10 to play in the third.

Trailing 9-3 entering the fourth, the Pride got as close as four on Watson's goal with 6:30 remaining, but committed eight turnovers and put just four of 10 shots on target in the final 15 minutes.

Junior Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made seven saves for the Beavers, while senior Cole Finerty (Kensington, N.H.) stopped 14 shots, including eight in the fourth quarter, for Springfield.

Babson returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Emerson at 4 p.m., while the Pride heads to Middlebury on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

• After going more than three decades without a win over Springfield, the Beavers have now won three of the last five regular season meetings in the series.
• Since allowing 19 goals in a loss to Bowdoin back on March 13, Babson has given up just 6.8 goals per game over its last five outings.
• Prior to Saturday, Calicchio had scored just one goal in six games this season.
• The Beavers' nine goals are the fewest they've scored in a win since defeating Clark, 8-7, on April 21, 2018.