NORTON, Mass—Senior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio) scored a game-high three goals and visiting Babson College held Wheaton College scoreless for a stretch of 34 minutes en route to an 8-5 victory in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday night at Nordin Field.
With its fourth straight win, Babson is now 6-5 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while Wheaton, which has dropped seven of its last eight games, falls to 3-7 and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Bobby MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) and sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) both had a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) had a team-high eight groundballs, while classmate Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Mass.) collected six groundballs and led all players with four caused turnovers.
Senior Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine) and first-year Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass.) sandwiched goals around a tally from MacCune to give Wheaton a 2-1 lead just 4:31 into the first quarter. Doten tied the game with his 10th goal of the year with 3:31 left in the first, and sophomore Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) gave the Green and White the lead for good with his seventh marker of the year just 1:26 later.
Packer scored the only two goals of the second quarter, converting a feeds from sophomore Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) and MacCune, to give Babson a 5-2 halftime lead. Junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) notched his 14th tally of the year with 10:35 left in the third quarter following an illegal body check call on the Lyons to make it four-goal game, and Packer capped his hat trick at the 5:20 mark of the third to give the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 7-2.
Junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass.) stopped the Lyons' scoring drought with his 22nd goal of the year just 15 seconds into the fourth quarter to get back within 7-3. The Green and White hit the post twice over the next seven minutes, but was able to extend its lead back to five on a tally by sophomore John Obadia (Port Washington, N.Y.) with 7:37 left in the game. Wheaton scored twice over the final 6:56 but Babson won the ensuing face-off each time and was able to control the clock over the closing minutes to secure the win.
Senior Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) continued his stellar play with nine saves, while senior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I.) stopped 14 shots for Wheaton.
Babson outshot the Lyons 45-23 and forced 22 turnovers on the night. The Beavers also held a 42-38 edge in groundballs and were 23-of-25 on clears.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to New England College at 7 p.m., while Wheaton heads to Clark on Friday for a 7 p.m. face-off.