SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Host Springfield College scored 10 second-half goals to erase a 9-3 halftime deficit and earn a thrilling 13-11, come-from-behind victory over Pilgrim League rival Babson College on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride (8-7, 6-0 Pilgrim League) locked up the top seed in next week's conference Tournament, while Babson (9-7, 5-1 Pilgrim League) will be seeded second and will host third-seeded Wheaton in the semifinals on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The Springfield comeback spoiled a history-making performance by Babson senior attack Alex Patinkin, who recorded three goals and one assist to become the program's all-time points leader. He tied the Babson mark of 231 points help by Athletics Hall of Famer Chris Grant '81 with his first goal of the game at 8:25 of the first quarter, and then moved into sole possession of first place when he scored again with 5:11 left in the same period. The veteran attack now has 125 goals and 109 assists for a school-record 234 points in 65 career games.
Ryan Murphy racked up four goals and an assist to lead Springfield, which had to rally to avoid its first conference loss since 2006.
The visitors came out firing early with a Doten goal just over four minutes into the game and Patinkin put the Beavers up 2-0 midway through the first after slipping past his defender. The Pride quickly responded, with Ryon Lynch rebounding a missed goal for an easy putback in front of the net to cut the lead in half. Murphy would tie things up at two soon after, finishing off a transition play to make it 2-2.
After the early back and forth, it was all Babson for the rest of the first half, as the Beavers went into the break leading 9-3. The 8-1 spurt was fueled by Patinkin's second and third goals and capped with a spinning strike from Barsalou with less than a minute left in the second frame.
Springfield quickly shifted the momentum coming out of the intermission, clawing its way back into the contest throughout the third period. Brendan Boss scored off a Bryce Serreillo assist less than a minute into the third to set the tone. Springfield then added three more goals in a span of two and a half minutes, as Kevin Sainte, Boss, and Tony LaGuerre brought the Pride back within two at 9-7 with five minutes left in the period.
The play of the game would cap off a brilliant third period from the hosts, as the Pride got the ball out in transition with less than 10 seconds left on the clock. Colby Verge fired a pass up field to Lynch, who moved it ahead quickly to Boss. Babson goalie James Whalen started towards Boss, who flicked an easy pass to Murphy for the wide-open score as the home crowd erupted.
Babson held the one goal lead at 10-9 with less than 11 minutes to go in the game, but Murphy tied the score at 10-10 and Lynch put Springfield ahead for good with a leaping goal midway through the fourth. Mike Donoghue and Boss tacked on two insurance goals for the Pride, who went on to claim the 13-11 win.
Whalen finished with eight saves in the loss for the Beavers, while Connor Nash came in to earn the win in the second half, posting four saves and surrendering just two goals.
NOTE: Portions of this story taken from a Springfield College press release.