Late Goal Lifts Babson Past Engineers, 5-4

Senior Christopher Rullan
Senior Christopher Rullan

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With 2:23 left in regulation, freshman Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) connected on a feed from senior Alex Patinkin (Providence, R.I.) in transition to propel Babson College past MIT, 5-4, in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Saturday afternoon. Patinkin produced a game-high four points on one goal and three assists for the Beavers (6-6, 2-0 Pilgrim) while sophomore Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y.) posted two goals for the Engineers (2-8, 0-2 Pilgrim).

Babson opened the scoring when sophomore Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) redirected a pass from senior Mike Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) after 4:36 elapsed in the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, the visitors increased their cushion courtesy of a solo man-down strike by Patinkin.

The score remained unchanged until MIT got on the board early in the third stanza with an unassisted marker from Cook. The Low-Patinkin tandem then collaborated for two goals to give the Beavers a 4-1 lead heading into the final frame.

Despite the deficit, the Engineers battled back to tie the game at four with 5:44 left to play. Cook began the rally three minutes into the quarter while freshman Graham Francis (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) cut the margin in half with his first intercollegiate marker. After an exchange of possessions, freshman Alex Seo (Westport, Conn.) buried the equalizer on a pass from Francis with just over six minutes to go.

Following Low's game-winning goal, MIT won the faceoff but a turnover led to a shot by Barsalou whose attempt to give Babson some breathing room was just off the mark. The Engineers were awarded a 30-second extra-man opportunity with 1:03 remaining; however, the Beavers came up with a loose ball and retained possession during the final 43 seconds to secure the win.

Freshman Chris McPherson (Gaithersburg, Md.) won six of his seven faceoff attempts for MIT while senior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) amassed 26 saves, 10 groundballs, and two caused turnovers.

Low finished with a hat-trick for Babson as sophomore Phil Russo (Middleton, Mass.) went 5-of-9 in faceoffs. Sophomore Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) led the way with seven groundballs, followed by six from senior Ben Jette (Old Lyme, Conn.). In 49 minutes of action, senior James Whalen (Westwood, Mass.) collected 13 saves as junior Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) made one stop in the first quarter while Whalen was serving a penalty.

Both squads continue conference action at home on Wednesday, April 17. MIT will host Regis College while Babson will take on Wheaton College.