HENNIKER, N.H.—Sophomore Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) scored a game-high four goals and visiting Babson College built an 8-1 lead early in the second quarter on its way to a convincing 16-5 victory over New England College in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Don Melander Field on Wednesday night.
With its fifth straight win, Babson is now 7-5 overall, while New England College, which had won nine consecutive games, drops to 9-2 on the year.
Junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Alex Youngwall (Huntington, N.Y.) each had three goals while classmate Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) added a pair of scores to go along with three groundballs and two caused turnovers for the Beavers. Sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) had one goal and game-high three assists, junior Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) led the Green and White with seven groundballs and four caused turnovers, and first-year Connor Hinton (Florham Park, N.J.) won 13-of-19 face-offs.
Senior Pat Miles (Brampton, Ontario) had a goal and an assist to go along with a game-high 10 groundballs for the Pilgrims.
Low scored a pair of goals 27 seconds apart to give the Green and White a 2-0 lead just 3:35 into the first quarter. Miles notched his only tally of the game 19 seconds later but the Babson responded with a six-goal run to take control of the game.
Bunick followed a strike by Youngwall to make it 4-1, and Barsalou added a man-up goal with 3:49 left in the opening period to give the Beavers a foul-goal advantage. Senior Bobby MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) scored 64 seconds into the second quarter to make it 6-1 and Youngwall and Barsalou followed with back-to-back goals to make it 8-1 with 11:45 left in the stanza.
New England College cut its deficit to 9-3 with 4:17 left in the second quarter, but Low notched his third goal of the game with 1:42 remaining in the period to give the Green and White a 10-3 halftime edge.
The Pilgrims got as close as six on a man-up score by junior Nick Herzog (Hampstaead, N.H.) 39 seconds into the third quarter, but the Babson defense allowed just one more goal over the game's final 29:31. Consecutive markers by Doten and Youngwall just 51 seconds apart made it 12-4, and after New England College scored at 10:37 of the third, the Beavers notched the game's final four goals.
Senior goalkeeper Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) continued his stellar play, stopping eight shots over the first three quarters while first-year Giles Ober (Southborough, Mass.) made three saves without allowing a goal over the final 15 minutes.
Junior Chris Galluzzo (New London, N.H.) made 13 saves for the Pilgrims, which was outshot 44-37.
The Green and White held a 34-27 edge in groundballs and finished the night 22-for-26 on clear opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Emerson at 1 p.m., while New England College will travel to Maine Maritime Academy for a 12 p.m. start.