Babson Park, Mass. – Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) erupted for five goals – his sixth straight multi-goal effort - and visiting Clark University made history with its 14-9 win over New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Babson on Saturday afternoon.
The victory for the Scarlet and White is not only their school record 11th victory but is their first ever win over their long time league rival in a series that dates back to 1994 (0-20) and also runs their winning streak to a school-record tying sixth straight.
Score: Clark University 14, Babson College 9
Records: Clark University (11-3, 5-0 NEWMAC); Babson College (6-7, 2-3 NEWMAC)
Location: MacDowell Field, Babson Park, Mass.
Mandracchia's second tally less than five minutes into the second stanza gave Clark a 4-3 advantage but the hosts answered back with consecutive strikes, including a man-up score from Axel Brown.
That Cougar advantage was sliced in half as Zach Cattaruzza found the back of the net in the final two minutes to make the score 7-6 at halftime.
King opened the second half with a score but Babson netted two goals to even the score at 8-8 with a little more than five minutes left in the third period.
From that point on, however, it was all Clark as they scored six of the game's final seven goals. Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) kickstarted the run and he was followed by third quarter strikes from Tyler Sullivan (Brunswick, Maine) and King, upping the Cougar advantage to 11-8.
Matthew Sullivan (Brunswick, Maine) set up King for his fourth of the afternoon as the fourth quarter began but the second of the afternoon from Niall Dillon had Babson still within striking distance with 8:47 left to play.
Any thoughts of a Beaver comeback were quickly extinguished when Mandracchia and King salted the game away with their third and fifth tallies of the game, respectively.
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Drew Riopelle-Tyrrell (Northville, Mich.) finished with 11 saves, five groundballs and four caused turnovers for Clark, while Ryan MacNeil (Weymouth, Mass.) scooped up a game-best eight groundballs.
In addition to his three goals, Mandracchia added an assist – moving himself into tenth place on the school's all-time points list (112).
Clark will wrap up its regular season with consecutive home contests next week beginning with Wednesday's huge showdown with Springfield College.