Head Coach Brendan Gorman Collects 85th Career Win Tying Him for Most in Program History in Beavers' Epic Comeback
BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Fla.) scored four times in the fourth quarter and Babson College closed the game with six unanswered goals to rally for an 11-8 win over visiting Springfield College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
Babson, which defeated the Pride for just the fourth time since 1979, improves to 5-5 overall and 2-0 in league play, while Springfield slips to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) had two goals and junior Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with a goal and two assists for the Beavers. Senior Connor Maloney (Hopkinton, Mass.) won 8-of-16 face-offs and scooped up five ground balls, first-year John Antaya (Duxbury, Mass.) caused three turnovers. Sophomore Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and first-year Mac Mowat (Bellevue, Wash.) combined to stop 10 shots in the victory.
Senior Matt Allen (Chevy Chase, Md.) had three goals, while junior Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) and senior Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) both scored twice and had one assist for the Pride. Sophomore Joseph Cameron (Stoneham, Mass.) won 12-of-22 face-offs and picked up six ground balls, and senior Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) turned away 10 shots in defeat.
Trailing 8-5 entering the fourth quarter, O'Hanlon cut the margin to one with two quick goals, and senior Taylor Segreti (Potomac, Md.) shook a defender and buried a shot from the right wing to make it 8-8 with 6:15 remaining in the contest. O'Hanlon gave Babson a two-goal lead 36 seconds later, and both he and Fabel tacked on insurance goals over the final three minutes to finish off a dominant fourth-quarter effort.
Preston scored midway through the first quarter and again early in the second before the Green and White pulled even with back-to-back tallies from Fabel and senior Axel Brown (Little Compton, R.I.) at the 6:30 mark of the second stanza. The Pride regained a 4-2 advantage, but sophomore Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) notched his only goal of the day with one second left in the period to cut the Babson deficit to 4-3 at the half.
Allen scored twice in the opening 64 seconds of the third quarter, and Habich added a man-up marker to extend the Springfield advantage to 7-4 with 5:21 to go in the third. Dillon cut the Beavers' deficit to two, but Allen notched his third goal of the quarter to make it 8-5 going to the fourth.
The Green and White outshot the visitors 20-2 in the final period and scooped up 17 of its 42 ground balls over the final 15 minutes.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Emerson at 1 p.m., while Springfield takes on nationally-ranked Middlebury on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
• The Beavers have now beaten Springfield twice in the last four regular season meetings between the teams. Prior to 2015, the Green and White had defeated the Pride just twice all-time (1979, 1980).
• Saturday's victory was the 85th of head coach Brendan Gorman's career, tying him with Jim Castrataro '93 for the most wins in program history.
• Babson is now 26-7 in the month of April since 2014.
• The Beavers are now 3-0 on the year when finishing with more ground balls than their opponents.