BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) scored a career-high five goals and Babson College built an eight-goal halftime lead en route to a season-opening 12-5 victory over Skidmore College in non-conference men’s lacrosse action at MacDowell Field on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored twice and sophomore John Harrison (Pembroke, Mass.) had a goal and a career-high three assists for the Beavers. Senior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio) also chipped in with a goal and an assist, while junior Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) led all players with seven groundballs and three caused turnovers.
Sophomore Kevin Mulvey (Westfield, N.J.) led the Thoroughbreds with two goals and one assist. Senior Matt Diaco (Kinnelon, N.J.) collected a team-high six groundballs and caused a pair of turnovers.
Mulvey opened the scoring for Skidmore (0-1) just 1:04 into the first quarter, but the lead was short-lived as Babson (1-0) responded with nine unanswered tallies to build a 9-1 halftime lead.
Barsalou and Low each scored twice in the opening period to help the Beavers go ahead 5-1 after 15 minutes. Packer and Harrison scored just 38 seconds apart early in the second quarter to make it a six-goal game, and senior Craig Jerabeck (Pittsford, N.Y.) and sophomore Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) tacked on goals before the break.
The Thoroughbreds got goals from senior Seth Berger (Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore Henry Thomsett (Berkeley, Calif.) around Low’s third tally of the game to trim the Green and White’s lead to 10-3 after three quarters. Mulvey scored 2:35 into the fourth quarter and then assisted on first-year Jack Metzler’s (Garden City, N.Y.) score to get within 10-5 with 8:34 left in the game.
That was as close as Skidmore would get though, as Low redirected a shot by sophomore Alex Youngwall (Huntington, N.Y.) past Diaco at the 5:55 mark, and then notched his last goal of the day while falling to the ground after a Thoroughbreds turnover with 1:08 remaining for the final margin.
Senior Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) made nine saves over the first three quarters to earn his first collegiate victory, while first-year Giles Ober (Southborough, Mass.) stopped three shots in the fourth quarter for Babson.
Diaco finished the day with 12 saves for Skidmore, which was outshot 36-29 on the afternoon.
The Beavers held a 40-31 edge in groundballs and were successful on 12 of their 14 clear attempts.
Both teams return to action next Saturday as Babson travels to take on Saint Lawrence at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., at 1 p.m., while Skidmore hosts SUNY Potsdam at 3:30 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Babson has now three straight games over Skidmore and is 4-8 all-time against the Thoroughbreds…the Beavers have won five consecutive home games and are 12-3 at MacDowell Field going back to the start of the 2012 season…Babson has won 13 straight games when holding its opponent to six goals or less…the Beavers have won three consecutive season openers.