BABSON PARK, Mass.—Following a shortened 2020 campaign that included non-conference victories over two of the region's top programs, the Babson College men's lacrosse team is primed to challenge for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title this spring.
HEAD COACH: Rocky Batty (3rd season, 11-12)
2020 RECORD: 3-3
WHAT TO KNOW FOR 2021
• Babson joins five other NEWMAC institutions – Clark, Coast Guard, Emerson, Springfield, Wheaton – in participating in the 2021 season. The only league member that will not be competing this spring is MIT.
• The Beavers will play a five-game conference-only schedule with the top four teams advancing to play in the NEWMAC Tournament with a chance to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
|Sat., March 27||vs. Clark, 2 p.m.|
|Sat., April 3||at Coast Guard, 1 p.m.|
|Sat., April 10||at Wheaton, 1 p.m.|
|Sat., April 17||vs. Emerson, 2 p.m.|
|Sun., April 25||vs. Springfield, 4:30 p.m.|
|Sat., May 1||NEWMAC Semifinal, TBA|
|Sat., May 8||NEWMAC Final, TBA|
PLAYERS TO WATCH
• Senior Ethan Carpenter (Orlando, Fla.) posted four straight multi-point games to end last spring and is the Beavers' top returning scorer after finishing with four goals and seven assists for 11 points.
• Sophomore Chi Chi Price (Hingham, Mass.) finished second on the team with 10 goals as a rookie in 2020, while senior Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
scored eight times last season and has produced 45 goals and 20 assists for 65 points in 37 career games at Babson.
• Senior Lee Sipes (Windham, N.H.), who played his first two years at Merrimack, finished with seven goals and two assists for nine points in addition to scooping up 15 ground balls, which was good for fourth on the team, in six starts last year.
• The senior duo of John Antaya (Duxbury, Mass.) and Jack Tague (Fairfield, Conn.) lead a veteran defensive unit that finished with a 9.92 goals against average in 2020. Antaya led the team in both ground balls (22) and caused turnovers (13) last spring and has picked up 95 ground balls and forced 45 turnovers in 37 career games. Tague, who led the Green and White with 25 caused turnovers in 2019, has scooped up 107 ground balls and forced 49 turnovers in 36 outings over his first three seasons.
• After coming on strong at the end of his rookie campaign in 2018, junior Drew Thomas (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) recorded 13 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers in six starts a season ago while establishing himself as one of the league's top defensemen.
• Senior Mac Mowat (Bellevue, Wash.) is the lone goalie on the roster with collegiate experience. He went 3-0 posting a 7.68 goals against average and a .605 save percentage as a first-year in 2018, but has made just one appearance since his rookie season.
• Three of Babson's four losses against NEWMAC foes in 2019 came by a single goal and the other was a 14-11 setback against regular season champion Coast Guard that saw the Beavers in front by two late in the third quarter.
• The Green and White generated more shots in six of eight games and committed fewer turnovers than seven opponents during NEWMAC play in 2019. The Beavers also led the league in goals against average (7.86), caused turnovers per game (9.7) and man-up goals (11).
• Babson is one of four teams along with Springfield, Coast Guard and Clark to grab at least a share of the league's regular season title since 2018.