March 29, 2014

Fourth-Quarter Surge Pushes Men's Lacrosse Past Mass. Maritime, 11-5, In NEWMAC Opener

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass.—Junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored a game-high three goals and visiting Babson College scored eight times in the fourth quarter to rally past Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 11-5, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday night at Clean Harbors Field.

With its third straight win, Babson is now 5-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while Mass. Maritime drops to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Alex Packer (Hudson,  Ohio), sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.), and first-year Connor Flaherty (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) all had two goals for the Beavers. Sophomore John Obadia (Port Washington, N.Y.) contributed a goal and two assists and junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) won 11-of-20 face-offs, collected a career-high 13 groundballs, and caused four turnovers.

Junior Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, N.Y.) scored twice and classmate Drew Prowse (Wakefield, Mass.) added a goal and an assist for the Buccaneers. Sophomore Nicholas Defuria (Succasunna, N.J.) had a team-high five groundballs.

Barsalou gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead 2:28 into the game, but Prowse and first-year Kevin Collins (Hampden, Mass.) notched back-to-back goals to give Mass. Maritime a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Barsalou scored 3:51 into the second period, and Packer scored 4:06 before halftime to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead after 30 minutes.

After over 11 minutes of scoreless action to start the third quarter, Freudenberg tied the game at the 3:41 mark and then gave the Buccaneers the lead with 1:23 left in the stanza, converting a feed from sophomore Reed McLean (Wilbraham, Mass.). The edge was short-lived though, as Doten tied the game 43 seconds into the fourth quarter, and Flaherty notched the first goal of his collegiate career in transition to give Babson a 5-4 lead with 13:50 left in the game.

Sophomore Alex Youngwall (Huntington, N.Y.) and Doten each scored following turnovers to push the Beavers' lead to 7-4 with 8:47 to go, and goals by Barsalou and Packer just 42 seconds apart made it 10-4 with 4:09 remaining. Obadia and Flaherty each scored within a span of 36 seconds inside the final three and a half minutes to complete the eight-goal run and put the game away.

Senior Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) finished with eight saves for the Green and White, while senior Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass.) and first-year Keison Cunningham (Weymouth, Mass. ) combined to stop 21 shots for Mass. Maritime.

Babson held a 58-24 edge in shots and a 42-34 advantage in groundballs. The Beavers were also 17-for-19 on clear opportunities and forced the Buccaneers into 30 turnovers on the night. The teams combined to go 0-for-8 on man-up opportunities.

Babson returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Wheaton at 7 p.m., while Mass. Maritime will play its sixth consecutive home game when it hosts Regis on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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