BABSON PARK, Mass. – Host Babson College held visiting Wheaton College scoreless over a span of more than 38 minutes as the second-seeded Beavers defeated the third-seeded Lyons, 14-5, in the semifinal round of the 2013 Pilgrim Men's Lacrosse League Tournament at Babson's MacDowell Field on Wednesday night.
With the win, Babson (10-7) advances to Saturday's championship game at top-seeded Springfield College after the Pride defeated fourth-seeded MIT in Wednesday's other semifinal matchup. Meanwhile, Wheaton sees its season come to a close with a record of 7-8.
Sophomore Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) paced Babson with two goals and three assists for five points, while senior captain Alex Patinkin (Providence, R.I.) added two goals and two assists to go with five groundballs. Junior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio) netted three goals, while sophomore Phil Russo (Middleton, Mass.) contributed two goals and seven groundballs while winning 13 of 18 face-offs. Sophomore Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) led the Beavers' smothering defense with four caused turnovers and seven groundballs in front of senior goalie James Whalen (Westwood, Mass.), who played all 60 minutes and made five saves to earn the win.
Junior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I.) made a valiant effort in net for Wheaton, finishing with 17 saves. Senior Billy McNamara (Mansfield, Mass.) recorded two goals and one assist for three points in his final collegiate contest, while first-year Alex Keiver (North Andover, Mass.) contributed one goal and one assist. Senior Jack Croadsale (Manchester, N.H.) also played well in his last game, pacing the Lyons' defense with five caused turnovers and nine groundballs.
Babson controlled the game from the start, scoring three unanswered goals to begin the contest. Patinkin opened the scoring at 12:32 before assisting Packer at 10:30. Russo then scored his first of the night off his own face-off win just seven seconds later as the hosts raced out to an early 3-0 advantage.
Wheaton trimmed its deficit to one with 6:56 left in the opening quarter, as Keiver tallied an unassisted strike to make it a 3-1 game. However, that would be the last goal allowed by Whalen and the Beaver defense for the next 38 minutes of play. In the meantime, Babson poured on the offense, scoring five straight in the second and four more in the third to expand the lead to 12-1.
Lyons' senior Will Compton (Deering, N.H.) finally halted the Beavers' 9-0 run when he scored at 13:42 of the fourth – the first of four Wheaton goals in the period – but it would not enough to prevent the eventual 14-5 Babson victory.
|Game Highlights||Head Coach Brendan Gorman