Babson College Beavers
The Babson College Beavers finished the 2012 season with a 10-7 record. The Beavers’ season ended on a sour note, losing in the Pilgrim League semi-finals to Wheaton College, 7-5. Heading into the 2013 season, the expectations are high according to Head Coach Brendan Gorman. Gorman is entering his fourth year as the head coach at Babson. He expects his team to really challenge Springfield for the Pilgrim League championship. The Beavers have improved their out of conference schedule which should help them in league play this spring. Coach Gorman also mentioned that his entire defense from 2012 is returning, which was ranked in the top 20 of the NCAA last spring.
Leading the Babson College Beavers on the field in 2013 will be Alex Patinkin, Ryan Dawidjan, Christian Cattaruzza and Kyle Barsalou.
Alex Patinkin is a senior attackman. Patinkin had 29 goals and 20 assists in 2012. He was also the Pilgrim League rookie of the year in 2010, and has been an All-Pilgrim League selection each of his three seasons at Babson.
Ryan Dawidjan is a junior long stick midfielder. Dawidjan had 3 goals, 1 assist, 86 groundballs and 54 caused turnovers last spring. He was the 2011 Pilgrim League rookie of the year, and a 1st team All-Pilgrim League selection the last two seasons.
Christian Cattaruzza is a sophomore defenseman. Cattaruzza had 46 groundballs and 40 caused turnovers in 2012. He was a 1st team All-Pilgrim League selection last spring.
Kyle Barsalou is a sophomore midfielder. Barsalou is a transfer from Division I, Sacred Heart University.
In the Pilgrim League, the favorite is Springfield College. As Coach Gorman says, “Until someone beats them, Springfield is the favorite.” A dark-horse in the Pilgrim League this spring could be Clark University. According to Coach Gorman, “they (Clark) have come real close to cracking into the top 4 of the Pilgrim League.” A player that NE Lax Blog is going to keep an eye on this spring is Wheaton College’s Billy McNamara. McNamara is a senior attackman who is coming back from studying aboard.