Men's Lacrosse Comes From Behind Late To Beat Babson, 13-10

Junior Jack Kelly
Junior Jack Kelly

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 13, Babson College 10

- Records: MIT (7-3, 2-0 NEWMAC); Babson College (4-5, 0-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field)

- The Lead: Trailing 9-7 with 4:29 left in the third quarter, MIT men's lacrosse rattled off six straight goals – a run that stretched well into the fourth – to secure the 13-10 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over Babson College this afternoon at Roberts Field. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- After Babson took a 9-7 lead off a goal on the man-advantage with 4:29 to play in the third, the Engineers went on a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game. Senior Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) got the spurt started on a feed by junior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) and was followed by freshman Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.), who also scored on a pass by Davis, which knotted the score at 9-9 after 45-minutes of play.

- The Engineers continued to use their momentum through the fourth stanza as senior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) gave MIT its first lead of the game at 10-9. Stolzenberg's goal led to markers by junior Jack Kelly (Milford, Del.), Strachan and junior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) as the Engineers pulled ahead by a 13-9 score before Samuel Mishkind gave Babson its tenth goal of the game with 4:51 to play.

- From that point on, MIT's defense took over as the Engineers forced two turnovers and sophomore keeper Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) stopped the ball once to preserve the lead for the hosts. Over that stretch the Cardinal and Gray also scooped up six ground balls, leaving possession in MIT's hand over the final five minutes of the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Kelly paced MIT's offense with a season-high and game-high four goals, while Davis tallied his tenth hat trick of the campaign. Stolzenberg and Strachan each added two goals, while Traub and Turley found the back of the net once, accounting for the remainder of MIT's attack. Additionally, Davis led the Engineers with a trio of assists, while Stolzenberg and Strachan both registered two helpers this afternoon.

- Lynch earned his seventh win of the season for the Engineers to improve to 7-2 as he stopped the ball a season-high 18 saves on 28 shot attempts. Babson keeper Christopher Aranalde fell to 3-4 as he stopped the ball 15 times in a complete game effort for the Beavers.

- Both teams were nearly perfect in transition as MIT went 28-for-32 on clear attempts and Babson was 19-for-20 moving the ball across the midfield zone. The Engineers also held a 45-40 advantage in ground balls, while Babson maintained a margin of 47-43 in shots and held a 15-11 differential at the face-off X. Sophomore Mitchell Galer (Westlake Village, Calif.) led the way for MIT with his six face-off wins.

- Defensively, MIT junior Christian Jamison (Huntington, N.Y.) scooped up a team-high seven ground balls, while Jamison and sophomore Aubrey Toland (Princeton, N.J.) both caused a team-high three turnovers.

- Today's win marked the first time since 2009 in which MIT has defeated NEWMAC rival Babson and the first time at home since that same year. In that game, the Engineers bested the Beavers by a 4-3 score. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT (7-3, 2-0 NEWMAC) heads to Clark University on Friday, April 14 for a NEWMAC contest in Worcester beginning at 8:00 p.m., while Babson (4-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) steps out of league play on Wednesday, April 12 as the Beavers travel to RPI for a 6:00 p.m. match.

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