BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and junior Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) each scored four goals as Babson College defeated visiting Skidmore College, 15-9, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
Babson is off to its first 2-0 start since 2013, while Skidmore begins the year at 0-1 for the third consecutive season.
Senior Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) and first-year Ryan Donovan (Cohasset, Mass.) both finished with two goals and one assist for the Beavers. Mishkind dished out two assists to go along with five ground balls, sophomore Quinn Schomp (Duxbury, Mass.) picked up five ground balls, and first-year Jack Gregory (Mendham, N.J.) won 18-of-28 face-offs and scooped up seven ground balls in the victory.
Juniors Will Lukas (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Garrett Munck (McKinney, Texas) and sophomore Alex Miller (Scarsdale, N.Y.) all scored twice for the Thoroughbreds. Miller also contributed nine ground balls and two caused turnovers, senior Logan Hart (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded four caused turnovers, and Lukas led all players with three assists.
Tied at 2-2 after one quarter, the Green and White took command of the game by outscoring Skidmore 6-1 in the second. Donovan notched his first career goal at 13:35, Dillon followed to make it 4-2 less than a minute later, and Mishkind scored twice to give the Beavers a 6-2 advantage at the 4:08 mark. Senior Eric Megnia (West Barnstable, Mass.) stopped the run momentarily, but sophomore Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Allen scored over the final 41 seconds of the stanza to make it 8-3 at the break.
Babson extended the lead to 10-4 when Donovan set up first-year Trevor Tyrer's (Northport, N.Y.) first collegiate goal with 1:37 to go in the third. First-year Hudson Miller (Red Hook, N.Y.) struck back less than two minutes later as part of a three-goal run in 90 seconds that helped Skidmore cut its deficit to 10-7 with 8:40 to go in the period.
The momentum was short-lived however, as Mishkind scored twice and sophomore Alexander Lesher (Scottsdale, Ariz.) added another tally late in the frame to push the Beavers' lead back to 13-7 going to the fourth. Donovan buried a feed from Dillon just over five minutes into the final stanza and Allen capped the five-goal run with his fourth goal of the day to give the Green and White its biggest lead of the day at 15-7 with less than four minutes to go in the contest.
Junior Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made 10 of his 14 saves in the second half for the Beavers, while senior Tim Rahill (Wellesley, Mass.) stopped 13 shots for the Thoroughbreds.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson hosts Bates at 4 p.m., while Skidmore takes on Clark at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 7-10 all-time against Skidmore and have won three straight and six of the last eight meetings overall between the programs.
• Babson is 4-for-8 on man-up opportunities over its first two games, and has not allowed a goal on its opponents nine extra-man chances.
• The Beavers have outscored their foes 15-4 in the first half of their first two games.
• Saturday's contest was the first of five this season against a Liberty League opponent.