NORTON, Mass.—Visiting Babson College received goals from 12 different players on its way to defeating Wheaton College, 16-6, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at Nordin Field.
With its fourth straight win, Babson improves to 7-5 overall and 4-0 in league play, while Wheaton slips to 6-6 overall and 0-4 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y) recorded a team-high three goals, while junior Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.), who finished with three assists, and first-year Will Messner (South Kingstown, R.I.) found the back of the net twice for the Green and White. Sophomore Thomas Calvert (Melrose, Mass.) caused four turnovers, senior Connor Maloney (Hopkinton, Mass.) picked up seven groundballs, and the quartet of first-year Max Mandia (New Hartford, N.Y.), sophomore Kevin Klempner (Stuart, Fla.), senior Erik Patriquin (Sherborn, Mass.) and Maloney won 18-of-25 face-offs. Sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) recorded 13 saves to earn his fourth win of the year.
Junior Matt Morgan (York, Maine.) logged two goals and an assist, first-year Tyler Brown-Oritz (Milford, Conn.) scored twice, and classmates Troy Sliney (Bradford, Mass.) and Jack Hounchell each chipped in with one goal apiece in the loss for the Lyons. Junior CJ Leighton (Falmouth, Maine) picked up a team-high six groundballs, while goalkeeper sophomore Colin Walsh (Simsbury, Conn.) turned away 14 shots in the loss.
First-year Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) got the Beavers on the board first when he recorded a goal in the second-minute of play. Morgan found the back of the net for the Lyons to tie the game with 11:46 left in the first period, but Duffy responded just over four minutes later when he sparked a seven-goal run for Babson that lasted until the middle of the second period. The Beavers' run ended when Hounchell logged a man-up goal to cut Babson's lead to 8-2 at the end of the first half.
The Green and White fired off three goals to start the third period, extending its lead to 11-2 with 9:03 on the clock. Morgan tried to answer back with a goal for Wheaton with 4:56 to go in the quarter, but Duffy quickly answered back with a goal less than 30-seconds later. Brown-Ortiz notched the final goal of the period to cut the Lyons deficit to 12-4.
Babson ripped off four goals in a row to start the fourth period, pushing the margin to 16-4 with 8:56 left to play. Brown-Ortiz and Sliney both scored late in the frame for Wheaton, while Aranalde stopped five fourth-quarter shots for the Green and White.
The Beavers held an advantage in shots, 42-32, but were unable to convert on their six man-up opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Clark at 1 p.m., while Wheaton hosts Emerson at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are 25-9 all-time against Wheaton and have won 10 of the last 11 matchups between the teams going back to 2011.
• Babson's 18-of-25 effort at the face-off X marks the first time it has won more restarts than its opponents this season.
• Fabel has now produced nine goals and six assists for 15 points in five matchups against the Lyons since 2015.
• Through four conference games, the Green and White is allowing an average of just 5.5 goals.