Babson Tops MIT, 14-6
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Host Babson College outscored MIT, 10-4, in the second half en route to a 14-6 NEWMAC men's lacrosse victory on Wednesday night. Sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) produced two goals for the Engineers, who saw their ledger lower to 8-7 on the year and 3-2 in conference action.
Freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) chipped in one goal, one assist, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers while classmate Henry Merrow (Hopkinton, N.H.) tallied one goal, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Freshman Zak Psaras (Monroe, Conn.) and sophomore Graham Francis (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) both recorded a goal while Psaras added three groundballs. Senior Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.) and freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) both recorded four groundballs and two caused turnovers as sophomore Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) contributed one assist and three groundballs. Senior Britt Cyr (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected five groundballs while sophomore goalie Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) made eight saves.
Babson rattled off three goals during the first five minutes of the game to build a comfortable margin. A defensive battle ensued until Psaras found the back of the net for a transition strike at the 7:45 mark of the second quarter. After an exchange of possessions, Stolzenberg caused a turnover during the Beavers' clearing attempt and went right to goal, bringing MIT within one (3-2). Babson then ended its 23-minute scoring drought, creating some breathing room with 2:23 left in the half.
The Beavers extended their lead after 19 seconds expired in the third quarter and then went up 6-2 at the 11:34 mark. Exactly two minutes later, Orrson came up with the Engineers' next marker. Babson recorded another quick strike while Francis connected on a feed from Verdi to narrow the gap to three (7-4) with 6:14 on the clock. This was as close as it would get as the hosts replied with goals at the 4:23 mark and with 47 seconds remaining to increase their cushion.
Babson carried the momentum into the final frame as it registered back-to-back goals during the first 48 seconds of action and then established a 12-4 advantage with 10:02 on the clock. Despite the deficit, MIT continued to attack as Merrow found success midway through the quarter. An exchange of goals ensued as Stolzenberg found Orrson for the Engineers' final marker with 2:11 to go while the Beavers capped the scoring 47 seconds later.
Next up for MIT will be its regular-season finale on Saturday, April 26 when it hosts league foe Massachusetts Maritime Academy at 11:00 a.m.