March 27, 2014

Barsalou, Daroff Push Men's Lacrosse Past UNE, 5-4, In 2OT

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored his second goal of the game 1:09 into the second overtime, lifting visiting Babson College past the University of New England, 5-4, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon at the Big Blue Turf.

With its second consecutive victory, Babson is now 4-5 on the year, while UNE drops to 3-6 overall.

After both teams got one shot on goal in the first overtime period, the Beavers had the only possession of the second extra session after junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) won the opening face-off and collected the ensuing groundball. Following a timeout, Barsalou dodged a defender at the top of the box and fired a shot that slipped inside the right post for the game winner.

The teams were never separated by more than one score all day, as each side tallied a goal per period during regulation. Babson had the best look at ending things in the first extra session, but UNE first-year goalie Joe Medel (Chesapeake, Va.) stuffed a point-blank try by senior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio) just off the left post.

Barsalou finished with four points, setting up both goals that sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) netted after halftime. Packer opened the game with a goal of his own less than seven minutes into the match.

Senior Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) turned away a career-high 17 shots to backstop the Beavers. Junior Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) had team-highs of five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

The Nor'easters received goals from first-year Connor Leggett (Sunderland, Vt.), seniors Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine), and first-year Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.). Junior Geoff Bruno (Durham, Conn.) added a pair of assists.

Medel posted 14 saves between the pipes for Big Blue. Sophomore Nick George (West Simsbury, Conn.) scooped up a game-best seven ground balls, and junior Steven Hughes (Flemington, N.J.) had five caused turnovers.

The Green and White held a 39-33 edge in shots on the day and went 24-for-25 on clear attempts. Each team won seven face-offs and the Nor'easters had a 41-31 advantage on groundballs.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson opens NEWMAC play with a 7 p.m. game at Massachusetts Maritime, while the University of New England travels to Salve Regina for a 3 p.m. start.

GAME NOTES: Thursday's contest was the first-ever meeting between Babson and the University of New England…the Beavers last multiple-overtime game was a 9-8 3OT defeat at Montclair State on March 13, 2004…Babson, which is now 1-1 in overtime this spring, has now played multiple OT games for the first time since 2007.

Note: Portions of this release courtesy of the University of New England. 

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