This Time, It's Babson in Tight Win over Eastern Men's Lacrosse
WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Babson College men's lacrosse team successfully killed off ten of Eastern Connecticut State University's 12 man-up opportunities, holding the Warriors scoreless over the final 22 minutes in an 11-8 victory in a match featuring two regionally-ranked teams.
With the victory, No. 8-ranked Babson (3-0) stops a seven-game losing streak at the hands of No. 10 Eastern (1-2), with five of those losses coming by four goals or less (including three one-goal setbacks).
Down 8-5 after Eastern junior Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH) scored his second goal in 70 seconds, the hosts kept the Warriors off the board the rest of the way, scoring the final six goals. Senior attack Alex Patinkin was credited with four of Babson's final six goals. Patinkin was the only Babson player with more than one goal, finishing with six to give him 13 in three games this year. Patinkin unloaded 16 of his team's 41 shots.
Babson excelled both with its man-down unit and at the faceoff X. The Beavers hadn't given up an extra-man goal in its first two games (opponents going 0-for-7), and surrendered only two on Eastern's 12 extra-man opportunities. Three times in the second quarter, Eastern was operating with a two-man advantage, and managed to score on only one of those chances.
Behind sophomore John Joseph (12-of-19), the Beavers were successful on 15 of 23 faceoff opportunities, including 10-for-14 in the second half.
Trailing 4-3 at halftime, the Warriors banged in five third-period goals, including the first four when they took command of a 7-4 lead with 8:27 left in the quarter. Babson. Morrissette's goal on a feed from junior Mike Jordan (Cheshire) with 7:17 left gave the visitors a three-goal lead but the Warriors would not score again. Patinkin scored two of his team's final three goals that tied the match after three periods, and the senior gave his team the lead for good five minutes into the fourth quarter on an assist from freshman midfielder Scott Doten.
Junior All-america midfielder Mike Devine (Cheshire) recorded half of Eastern's eight goals, including both of its man-up markers 27 seconds apart in the second quarter that pulled the Warriors even with seven minutes left frame. Jordan had a goals and two assists and Morrissette two goals and a helper. Eastern leading scorer Tyler Fresen (Newington) – who had eight goals in the team's opening two matches – was limited to three shots and one assist.
One year after being torched for 15 goals and making only nine saves in his team's three-goal loss at Eastern, Babson senior James Whalen won his third match in as many decisions in net. Whalen made 15 saves, seven coming in his perfect fourth quarter. Eastern senior Drew Deane (Vernon) stopped 11 shots in his first loss of the year after an opening victory.
Eastern hosts Endicott College Saturday at 1 p.m.