BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a fourth straight 10-win season and the program’s second trip to the conference title game in three years, the Babson College men’s lacrosse team is primed for another strong campaign this spring. Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Brendan Gorman, the Beavers return 21 letterwinners, including four of their top six scorers from last season to go along with three all-league honorees.
Despite the loss of the program’s all-time leading scorer in Alex Patinkin ’13, the Green and White returns a trio of 20-goal scorers led by Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.). The junior midfielder earned first-team All-Pilgrim League accolades last season after scoring 23 goals and notching eight assists for 31 points. Sophomore attackman Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) scored 26 goals last year and senior attackman Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio) contributed a career-high 22 goals as well as five assists to finish fourth on the team in scoring.
Sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) appeared in all 18 games off the bench last season as a midfielder, collecting 16 goals and five assists to finish sixth in scoring with 21 points. Senior captain Mauricio Palazzi (McLean, Va.) and sophomores John Harrison (Pembroke, Mass.) and John Obadia (Port Washington, N.Y.) all return to boost the offense after combining for 12 goals and four assists in 2013.
Junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) returns to anchor the midfield after garnering second-team all-conference accolades last spring, finishing third on the team with 87 groundballs. Senior captain Brett Rosen (Kinnelon, N.J.), classmate Craig Jerabeck (Pittsford, N.Y.) and fellow senior Bobby MacCune (Braintree, Mass.), who missed all of last season due to injury, along with sophomore Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) all provide depth in the midfield and will look to be impact players this season.
Sophomore Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.), a first-team All-Pilgrim League selection last spring, is a two-year starter that will be called upon to lead a defensive unit that lost three starters to graduation. Senior captain Cam Spofford (Merrimac, Mass.) saw action in 15 games last season, while classmate Tim Waltman (North Granby, Conn.) and junior Zach Bastarache (Wayland, Mass.) will look for expanded rolls after appearing in 11 and eight games last spring, respectively. Senior captain Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) got into six games last year in goal, posting a 7.56 goals against average and a .542 save percentage while making 13 saves.
“I’m both extremely excited and slightly nervous about the upcoming season,” said Gorman. “Between graduation, educational opportunities, and guys starting their own companies, we’ve had some considerable turnover on our roster. While we will miss the guys that are no longer with us, the coaching staff has worked hard to bring in a very strong class of first-year players, and our returners have worked hard this offseason to continue to develop their games. With the group we lost there will undoubtedly be some growing pains, but we have a nice blend of youth and experience and I feel strongly that this is the deepest and most talented team I’ve had here.”
Babson, which was picked to finish second in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason poll, faces a challenging non-conference slate that features games against a pair of 2013 NCAA Tournament participants. The Beavers open the year on Saturday when they host Skidmore in a 2 p.m. start at MacDowell Field.
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