Fast Start Propels Babson Men’s Lacrosse Past Medaille, 14-7

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore John Harrison (Pembroke, Mass.) scored three times and junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) added two goals and two assists lifting Babson College to a 14-7 victory over visiting Medaille College in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With the victory, Babson is now 2-3 on the year, while Medaille falls to 0-1.

Sophomore Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) recorded two goals and one assist and classmate Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) added a pair of tallies for the Beavers. First-year Connor Hinton (Florham Park, N.Y.) won 16-of-24 face-offs, while senior Craig Jerabeck (Pittsford, N.Y.) and junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) collected seven and five groundballs, respectively. Junior Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) caused a game-high three turnovers.

Seniors Brock Levick (Newmarket, Ontario) and Tim Wester (Syracuse, N.Y.), and  first-year David Groves (St. Albans, England) all scored twice to lead the Mavericks. Senior Cam Ferguson (Pickering, Ontario) added a goal and two assists.

The Green and White never trailed and took control of the game with four early goals. Harrison opened the scoring 3:45 into the first quarter and Low, sophomore Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.), and classmate Alex Youngwall (Huntington, N.Y.) all scored in a 1:50 span to put the Beavers in front 4-0 with 6:41 to go in the stanza.

Doten recorded a man-up tally just 45 seconds into the second quarter to add to Babson's 4-1 edge, but goals from Wester and Levick got the Mavericks back within 6-3 at halftime.

Harrison pushed the Beavers' lead back to four with his third strike of the game 48 seconds into the third period. Doten and Barsalou both scored following turnovers to help the Green and White take its biggest lead of the afternoon at 9-3 with 4:25 remaining in the third period.

Trailing 10-4 entering the fourth quarter, Medaille put together a three-goal run to cut the deficit in half. Wester converted a feed from Groves with 12:35 to go and Ferguson and Groves both tallied following Babson turnovers to make it 10-7 with 10:06 left in the game. The Beavers regained control of the game though, finishing the contest with a four-goal spurt.

Low and first-year Matthew Logan (Downington, Pa.) scored off rebounds to get the lead back to five midway through the quarter, and Barsalou and sophomore Phil Cadorette (Huntington, N.Y.) notched late markers for the final margin.

Senior Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) made three saves in 45 minutes of action while first-year Giles Ober (Southborough, Mass.) stopped one fourth-quarter shot for the Green and White. Junior Julian DeDelia (Corning, N.Y.) made 15 saves and had a team-high five groundballs for Medaille.

The Beavers held a 29-11 advantage in shots on goal and a 39-24 edge in groundballs. They also finished 1-for-5 on extra-man opportunities while Medaille went 0-for2.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Roger Williams at 1 p.m., while Medaille travels to La Roche for a 2 p.m. start.

GAME NOTES: Wednesday's game between Babson and Medaille marked the first meeting between the two teams…the Beavers are 8-2 at home over the last two seasons…Babson has gone 10-1 since the start of last season when scoring 10 goals or more in a game…Wednesday's 14 goals were the most scored by the Beavers over the last six games going back to last spring.

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