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Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. MIT

Game Preview: Men's Lacrosse vs. MIT

Men's Lacrosse vs. MIT
Wednesday, April 25—7 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 43rd time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to 1977. The Beavers are 29-13 all-time against the Engineers and have won nine of the last 10 games between the teams going back to 2010.

Senior Jack Kelly scored four times and classmate Graham Davis added three goals and three assists to help MIT rally past Babson, 13-10, on April 8, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. Junior Alexander Lynch made 18 saves for the Engineers, who used a six-goal run to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 13-9 lead late in the fourth quarter. Junior Samuel Mishkind and sophomore Owen Allen both scored twice, while junior Brendan Duffy added two goals and two assists for the Beavers. 

Junior Niall Dillon scored five goals leading Babson over MIT, 12-11, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on May 4, 2016, in Babson Park. Spencer Low '16 and Mishkind each had two goals for the Beavers, who led by as many as seven late in the first half. Jonah Hessels scored four times for the Engineers, who used a six-goal run to get within one twice late in the fourth quarter.

MIT (7-6, 3-2 NEWMAC) fell to Springfield, 12-10, despite leading by two at the half on Saturday afternoon. Davis led all players with four goals, first-year Nicolas Gianni added two goals and four assists, and classmate Luke Gianni won 21-of-26 face-offs and picked up 14 groundballs for the Engineers. Davis (40-13-53) ranks second in the NEWMAC in scoring and N. Gianni (19-11-30) leads the team in assists. Senior David Klee has caused 22 turnovers, while L. Gianni has won 66.3 percent of his face-offs (112-of-169) and receded 69 groundballs. Lynch and junior Victor Fink have combined to post a 9.77 goals against average and a .524 save percentage this spring.

Babson (8-5, 5-0 NEWMAC) has won five straight games after rallying past Clark, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon. Allen scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals, Mishkind recorded two goals and an assist, and Duffy picked up four groundballs to go along with a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who shutout the Cougars over the final 21 minutes. Mishkind (36-4-40) has logged eight man-up goals, first-year Mason O'Hanlon (19-9-28) has seven goals and four assists in league play, and Dillon (14-10-24) is tied for the team lead in assists. First-year Jack Tague has picked up 39 groundballs and caused 17 turnovers, and sophomore goalie Christopher Aranalde has started 12 games posting a 10.87 goals against average and a .488 save percentage.

The Beavers are the only unbeaten team in league play entering the final week of the season as they look to capture their second regular season NEWMAC crown in four years. The Green and White can clinch at least a share of the title with a win over MIT on Wednesday.

The Green and White has shutout both Springfield and Clark in the fourth quarter while outscoring its opponents 20-5 in the fourth quarter in its first five NEWMAC outings. Four of the five goals allowed have come while holding double-digit leads against Emerson and Wheaton.

After struggling on face-offs for much of the season, Babson has posted a 61.4 winning percentage (27-of-44) over the last two outings. Sophomore Kevin Klempner, who missed the first 11 games, has gone 11-of-15 at the face-off X and senior Connor Maloney is 11-of-19 in the last two contests.

The Beavers have won seven consecutive NEWMAC regular season games going back to last season.