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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Skidmore

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. Skidmore

Men's Lacrosse vs. Skidmore
Saturday, February 23 | 1 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Skidmore will meet for the 17th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 2003. The Beavers are 6-10 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and have won two straight and five of the last seven matchups overall between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Austin Fabel '18 scored five times, junior Samuel Mishkind had four goals, and sophomore Mason O'Hanlon added three goals and two assists as Babson defeated Skidmore, 17-13, on February 24, 2018, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
• Sophomore Jack Tague scooped up six ground balls and junior Christopher Aranalde made 14 saves for the Beavers. Jack Curry scored four goals for the Thoroughbreds.

LAST SKIDMORE WIN
• Kevin Mulvey scored six goals and Cody Legaza added three goals and three assists to help the Thoroughbreds defeat Babson, 16-10, on February 27, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
• Axel Brown '18 scored four times and Connor Flaherty '17 notched two goals and two assists for the Beavers Chris Baughan finished with 18 saves for the Thoroughbreds.

SCOUTING THE THOROUGHBREDS
• Skidmore (0-0) won its final three games of the 2018 campaign and finished at 8-8 overall to post its best record since 2011 last spring.
• Senior Eric Megnia (28 goals-19 assists-47 points) led the team in scoring, sophomore Jason Shlonsky (21-9-30) earned all-conference honors, and junior Will Lukas (4-9-13) looks to return to the form that saw him produce 43 points back in 2017.
• Sophomore Alex Miller led the team with 86 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers, while junior Eli Millstein won 42.1 percent of his face-offs.
• Senior Logan Hart forced 20 turnovers and was named to the all-conference team, while classmate Tim Rahill posted a .421 save percentage and allowed 11 goals in 55 minutes action last season.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (1-0) got three goals apiece from Mishkind and sophomore Ethan Carpenter on its way to defeating Roger Williams, 11-2, in the season opener on Wednesday.
• The Green and White, which started the season with a victory for the third year in a row, returns 29 players from a team that went 9-7 and claimed a share of the NEWMAC regular season title last season.
• Mishkind's 41 goals were the most by a Babson player since 2011, O'Hanlon produced 22 goals and 33 points on his way to earning all-conference honors, and senior Niall Dillon put up 29 points and finished second on the team with six man-up tallies.
• Tague led the defense with 50 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers in front of Aranalde, who made 10 saves against the Hawks after posting a 10.68 goals against average and a .498 save percentage in 14 starts last year.

BATTY GETS WIN NO. 1
• First-year head coach Rocky Batty became the first Babson head coach to open with a victory since 1995 on Wednesday at Roger Williams.
• The win came in the first collegiate game as a head coach for the Beavers' new head man, who went 148-63 in 10 years as the head coach at Wellesley High School from 2008-17.

GETTING THEIR FEET WET
• Babson first-years Will Dixon, Ryan Donovan, Jack Gregory and Drew Thomas all saw their first collegiate action on Wednesday against Roger Williams. Gregory was the lone rookie to start for the Beavers, winning 8-of-15 face-offs and scooping up one ground ball in the victory.

NEWMAC COACHES CAST THEIR BALLOTS
• The Green and White was picked to finish third when the league released its preseason coaches' poll last week. Defending tournament champion Springfield collected six of nine first-place votes to edge last year's tournament runner-up, Coast Guard, in the poll.
• Babson finished atop the league standings along with the Pride and Bears at 6-1 last year.

GIVE ME LIBERTY
• Skidmore is the first of five Liberty League opponents the Green and White will face this spring, and the only one they will face at home.
• Babson visits Union and Rensselaer to begin the month of March and will take on Vassar and Clarkson during its spring break trip to Florida.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers finished a perfect 19-for-19 on clearing opportunities in their season opener.

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