FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Senior Niall Dillon (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with a career-high six goals and junior Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made 16 saves to help Babson College defeat Clarkson University, 16-8, in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Auto Nation Field.
With its second straight win, Babson evens its record at 4-4, while Clarkson slips to 4-3 with its second consecutive loss.
Junior Thomas Jung (Vienna, Va.) had three goals and one assist, senior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored three times, and junior Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and one assist for the Beavers. Aranalde also led the team with five ground balls, sophomore Quinn Schomp (Duxbury, Mass.) scooped up four ground balls, and first-year Drew Thomas (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) tied for game-high honors with three caused turnovers in the win.
Juniors Conor Bartlett (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Evan Burgett (Golden, Colo.) both scored twice for the Golden Knights. Sophomore Riley Holzman (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) won 16-of-26 face-offs and led all players with seven ground balls, senior Thomas Stanton (Feura Bush, N.Y.) caused three turnovers, and senior Kevin Dyckman (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) made just six saves in a losing effort.
Burgett opened the second quarter with back-to-back tallies to give Clarkson a 4-2 lead before the Green and White responded with a six-goal run that spanned over 15 minutes around the half. Dillon scored twice and set up Allen's marker with 47 seconds left to go in front 5-4 at the break. Mishkind then scored twice and Allen notched his second goal of the day to make it 8-4 with 9:57 left in the third quarter.
The Golden Knights responded with three straight goals, which included tallies by senior Peter Herrick (East Greenbush, N.Y.) and junior Derek Beatty (Westford, Mass.) 18 seconds apart to get within 8-7 at the 2:31 mark. Sophomore Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) pushed the lead back to two a minute later, Jung scored twice to open the fourth quarter and Babson outscored Clarkson 7-1 over the final 15 minutes to pull away.
Dillon tallied three times in the final stanza with two of them coming over the final six minutes as the Green and White ended the game on a four-goal run.
Babson returns to action on March 30 when it hosts Massachusetts Maritime in its conference opener at 3 p.m., while Clarkson takes on Potsdame on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• Thursday's meeting against Clarkson was the first in program history.
• The Beavers were a perfect 24-of-24 on clearing opportunities against the Golden Knights.
• With three goals in five extra-man opportunities, the Green and White has now scored at least one man-up goal in nine straight games going back to last season.
• Aranalde's 16 saves were one short of his career high of 17, which came in a 10-8 loss to nationally-ranked Bates back on March 1, 2017.