Men's Lacrosse Cruises Past Emerson, 18-0, For Sixth Consecutive Win

BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year John Higgins (Duxbury, Mass.) scored a career-high four goals and senior Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) and first-year Giles Ober (Southborough, Mass.) combined to stop three shots as Babson College shut out visiting Emerson College, 18-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its sixth consecutive win, Babson is now 8-5 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while Emerson, which has dropped eight straight contests, falls to 1-8 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Maurico Palazzi (McLean, Va.) and sophomore Phil Cadorette (Huntington, N.Y.) each had two goals and two assists while first-year Connor Flaherty (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) contributed a career-high five assists for the Beavers. Sophomores Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) and John Obadia (Port Washington, N.Y.) each had a pair of goals in the win.

The Green and White, which scored 10 times in the opening quarter, got things started with a four-goal barrage in just 65 seconds early in the period. Low got Babson on the board with back-to-back tallies just 17 seconds apart, and sophomore John Harrison (Pembroke, Mass.) and Obadia followed with goals of their own to make it 4-0 with 10:05 left in the stanza.

Higgins made it 5-0 three and a half minutes later before first-years Zach Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) and Benjamin Katz (Westford, Mass.), and sophomore Alex Youngwall (Huntington, N.Y.) scored just 55 seconds apart to push the lead to eight. Higgins and Flaherty capped the team's highest-scoring quarter of the season.

The Green and White led 12-0 at halftime after goals by Higgins and Obadia in the second, and got two goals each from Palazzi and Cadorette, as well as a man-up strike from junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.), to make it 17-0 after three quarters. Higgins added the only strike of the fourth with 3:56 left for the final margin.

First-year Connor Hinton (Florham Park, N.J.) won 9-of-11 face-offs and the Beavers held a 38-18 edge in groundballs while forcing 30 turnovers.

Daroff stopped one shot in the first half for the Green and White before giving way to Ober, who made two saves over the final 30 minutes.

Zoe Fisk stopped 12 shots for the Lions, who were outshot 49-5 on the day.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson travels to Clark at 7 p.m., while Emerson hosts MIT at 6 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Babson's current six-game winning is the longest since the 2001 squad won six consecutive contests from March 31 to April 17…Saturday's shutout was the program's first since holding Maine Maritime scoreless in a 21-0 victory on April 12, 2003…during their current winning streak, the Beavers have outscored their opponents 40-10 in the first half.

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