WORCESTER, Mass.—Sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) gave visiting Babson College its only lead of the night with his game-winning score 1:13 into overtime as the Beavers defeated Clark University, 7-6, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Granger Field.
With its seventh consecutive win, Babson (9-5, 4-0 NEWMAC) ties the 1979 squad for the most wins consecutive wins in program history. Clark, which had its two-game winning streak snapped, falls to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Sophomore Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) had a game-high three goals and Doten scored twice and chipped in with an assist for the Beavers. Junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) added a goal and an assist while classmate Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) led all players with nine groundballs and five caused turnovers.
First-year John Goracy (Lumberton, N.J.) led the Cougars with two goals and one assist while junior Keegan Callahan (Tewksbury, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Moore (West Hartford, Conn.) both scored once and dished out one assist.
Clark took its biggest lead of the game in the first quarter as Goracy opened the scoring at the 11:14 mark and first-year Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) and Moore followed with tallies to make it 3-0 with 3:44 left in the period. Low converted a feed from senior Bobby MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) to put the Green and White on the board just 51 seconds into the second quarter, but Goracy struck for his second goal of the night with 2:43 left in the stanza to give the Cougars a 4-1 halftime edge.
Babson junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) again cut the deficit to two with his only goal of the night 1:31 into the third, but Clark first-year Darius Jagminas (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored with 3:59 left in the quarter to push the lead back to three at 5-2. Low notched his second goal just 18 seconds later though, converting a feed from senior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio), and then completed his hat trick with a man-up marker just over two minutes later to get the Beavers within one after three periods.
Callahan put the Cougars back in front 6-4 with 7:03 left, but Doten finished a feed from Bunick for a man-up goal at the 5:16 mark to cut the deficit in half. Bunick then struck for his sixth goal of the year in transition to tie the game with 1:48 to go. The Green and White won the ensuing face-off and got another man-up opportunity following a push on Clark, but senior goalkeeper Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) denied Barsalou with 43 seconds left. The Cougars were able to successfully clear the ball, but Babson senior goalkeeper Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) stuffed an attempt by Johnson in the waning seconds to force overtime.
The Beavers had the only possession of overtime as first-year Connor Hinton (Florham Park, N.J.) won the face-off and Doten finished off the comeback with his second game-winning tally of the year with 2:47 left in the extra session.
Daroff finished with 14 saves for the Green and White, nine of which came in the first half, while Ranta stopped 13 shots for Clark.
The Beavers held a 39-25 edge in shots, a 41-31 advantage in groundballs and were 2-for-6 on man-up opportunities, while holding the Cougars scoreless on their two extra-man chances. The Green and White also finished the night a perfect 18-for-18 on clear attempts.
Babson will be off until next Wednesday when it hosts MIT at 7 p.m., while Clark welcomes Massachusetts Maritime Academy to Granger Field on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.