BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Rob Santangelo (Rye, N.Y.) scored three times and visiting Union College tallied six unanswered goals in the middle quarters en route to a 9-5 victory over Babson College in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With its second consecutive win, Union is now 2-1 on the year, while Babson lost its third straight game to drop to 1-3 overall.
Sophomore Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) was one of five different players to score, while also notching the only assist of the game for the Beavers. Junior Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) caused a game-high five turnovers and tied classmate Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) for game-high honors with six groundballs.
Junior Charlie Ross (Westport, Conn.) had a pair of goals for the Dutchmen, while classmate Richard Gregory (Darien, Conn.) scored once to go along with a team-high five groundballs and three caused turnovers. Senior Kyle McQuiggan (Skaneateles, N.Y.) led the squad with four caused turnovers.
After falling behind 1-0, junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Coan both scored late in the first quarter to give the Green and White a 2-1 lead after 15 minutes. Santangelo tied the game for Union just 2:36 into the second quarter, and the visitors took the lead for good on Gregory's goal with 7:32 left in the second period.
First-year Peter Richardson (New Canaan, Conn.) notched his first goal of the season 20 seconds later to give Union a 4-2 lead, and Ross took advantage of a man-up opportunity to make it 5-2 with 2:20 left before halftime.
Depite the best efforts of Beavers' senior goalie Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio), who made eight of his 13 saves in the middle quarters, the Dutchmen extended their lead to as many as five late in the third period. The Green and White killed a trio of penalties just after the break, including a 30-second two-man advantage early in the stanza, but Santangelo made it a four-goal game at the 8:48 mark. Ross then converted a feed from senior Dylan Tripodi (Syracuse, N.Y.) to put Babson in a 7-2 hole with 2:17 left in the third.
Sophomores Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) and John Obadia (Port Washington, N.Y.) scored early in the fourth quarter to pull the Beavers back within 8-4. Classmate Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) followed with a man-up tally to cut the deficit to three with 8:12 left in the game. Unfortunately the Green and White were unable to get any closer, recording just one shot on goal over the final eight minutes.
Junior Stefan Basile (Fayetteville, N.Y.) allowed just two goals while stopping eight shots in just over 53 minutes of action for Union. Senior Devyn Jeffries (Wilton, Conn.) made two saves over the first 6:48 of the fourth quarter.
Both teams had 29 shots and 24 turnovers, while the Dutchmen won 14-of-19 face-offs and held a 42-29 edge in groundballs.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when its hosts Medaille at 4 p.m., while Union will take on Wesleyan in its home opener, also on Wednesday at 4 p.m.