April 13, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Five unanswered goals in the second quarter helped propel Babson College to a 12-8 win over MIT in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Saturday. It was the fourth straight victory for the Beavers, who improved to 4-7 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the conference, while the Engineers dipped to 2-7 on the year and 0-3 in the league.
MIT opened the contest with back-to-back strikes from Ryan Ballentine as Dan Piemont earned the assist on the first during an extra-man opportunity. Babson tallied three straight goals to take the lead (3-2) at the 8:36 mark.
The Engineers found the back of the net three more times as Garvey was a factor in each score. He registered an unassisted tally and then connected on a pass from Ballentine for a man-up goal. Garvey capped the spree by setting up Eric Zuk for the Cardinal and Gray's third extra-man goal of the frame. Babson responded with its pivotal five-goal run that resulted in an 8-5 advantage at the break.
Garvey ended MIT's scoring drought with a solo effort after two minutes expired in the third quarter. The game would remain scoreless until the Beavers lit the lamp with 3:50 on the clock. The Engineers quickly narrowed the gap to two (9-7) when Zuk converted a feed from Ballentine. Babson doubled its advantage with a pair of tallies during the final 1:32 of the frame.
Both teams clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter, as neither side scored until the final minute of play. The Beavers increased their margin (12-7) with 38 seconds left, and Patrick Shannon struck with 10 ticks remaining for the 12-8 final.
MIT was led by Garvey, who recorded three goals and one assist, and Ballentine, who added two goals, two helpers, and a team-high seven groundballs. Garth Grove went the distance in net for the Engineers, finishing with nine saves and four groundballs. Shannon bolstered the Engineers' defense with six groundballs.