BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Brett Bottomley (Mercer Island, Wash.) scored his first goal of the season with 36 seconds to go as Babson College rallied from a three-goal deficit to edge visiting MIT, 12-11, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night at MacDowell Field.
With its sixth straight win, Babson improved to 9-5 overall and 6-0 in league play to capture a share of its second NEWMAC regular season title since 2015. MIT, which has dropped two straight games, falls to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Senior Taylor Segreti (North Potomac, Md.) scored three times and classmate Axel Brown (Little Compton, R.I.) and junior Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) each had two goals for the Beavers. Senior Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) had a goal and two assists, sophomore Dylan Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) scooped up four ground balls and Bottomley caused a team-high two turnovers.
Senior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) scored five goals and first-year Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won 20-of-26 face-offs and picked up 19 ground balls to lead the Engineers.
The Green and White got early goals from Duffy, Fabel and Brown to go in front 3-1 less than seven minutes into the contest, but MIT answered with a three-goal run of its own to regain a 4-3 lead on Gianni's tally off the face-off with 13:32 to go in the second quarter.
Segretti gave the Beavers a 5-4 edge at the 8:44 mark of the second, but Davis and Gianni scored six seconds apart two-and-a-half minutes later, and got another tally from Davis in the final minute of the stanza to go back in front 7-6 at the half. Babson pulled even again on junior Samuel Mishkind's (Chappaqua, N.Y.) 71 seconds into the third quarter, but the Engineers answered with three straight goals to take their biggest lead of the night on senior Mitch Turley's (Westfield, Ind.) marker with 7:39 left in period.
The Beavers got within two on a tally by first-year Ethan Carpenter (Orlando, Fla.), and tied the game at 10-10 with 11:20 to go in the fourth after back-to-back goals by Segreti. First-year goalkeeper Mac Mowat (Bellevue, Wash.) made four key saves over the next seven minutes and Babson took an 11-10 lead on Duffy's marker with 2:18 left.
Davis tied the game with 1:18 remaining and Gianni won the ensuing face-off, but Mowat turned away MIT first-year Mark Heatzig's (Boca Raton, Fla.) attempt with 46 seconds left setting up Bottomley's go-ahead goal off a feed from Fabel 10 seconds later. Gianni's final face-off win of the night gave the Engineers one final possession, but they threw the ball away in the closing seconds.
Mowat, who was making his first career start, made eight of his career-high 12 saves in the second half. Junior Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) made five saves for MIT.
Both teams wrap up the regular season on Saturday as Babson hosts Coast Guard at 12 p.m., while MIT takes on Clark at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 30-13 all-time against MIT with the last four games between the teams having been decided by three goals or less.
• Babson has outscored its first six NEWMAC opponents 23-6 in the fourth quarter this season.
• The Green and White has now won eight straight regular season games against league foes.
• The Beavers are 5-2 this season and have won 15 of their last 18 games at MacDowell Field.