Cougars Can't Hold Off Babson, 7-6 (OT)

Cougars Can't Hold Off Babson, 7-6 (OT)

Worcester, Mass. – Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) scored his second goal of the game a little less two three minutes into overtime and visiting Babson College rallied from an early three goal deficit to escape with a 7-6 win over Clark University in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference lacrosse action on a frigid Wednesday night at Granger Field.

With the win, the Beavers extend their winning streak to seven straight games, improving to 9-5 overall and 4-0 in league contests. The Cougars, meanwhile, drop to 6-5 – their fourth loss by one goal this season.

Things started out well for Clark, going ahead 1-0 when Ryan Moore (West Hartford, Conn.) set up John Goracy (Lumberton, N.J.) for his 17th goal of the season just 3:46 into the contest.

Less than five minutes later, Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) put the Cougars ahead by two goals when he registered an unassisted marker off of an excellent individual move.

Another score - this one by Moore – gave Clark a seemingly comfortable lead after the first period.

Babson finally got on the board when Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) netted his 25th tally of the year with help from Bobby MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) less than a minute into the second period.

More than ten minutes went by before another goal was scored and it came courtesy of Goracy, who put the Cougars ahead 4-1 at halftime.

The Beavers sliced into the three-goal deficit in half when Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) found the back of the net 1:31 into the second half.

Another extended stretch of play went by before Darius Jagminas (East Greenwich, R.I.) took a feed from Keegan Callahan (Tewksbury, Mass.) and made the score, 5-2.

Babson slowly began its comeback when Low scored back-to-back goals in the final four minutes of the third on assists from Doten and Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio), getting the Beavers within one at 5-4.

More than half of the final stanza went by before Clark got some breathing room when Goracy and Callahan teamed up for Callahan's seventh score of the year.

Doten found the back of the net on a man-up opportunity with a little more than five minutes left, bringing the score to 6-5.

After a huge save by Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) on the next Beaver offensive possession, Clark took control, draining more than two minutes off the clock before Craig Jerebek (Pittsford, N.Y.) forced a turnover that eventually resulted in an Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) game-tying goal with 1:48 left in regulation.

In the extra session, Clark never saw the ball as the Beavers won the faceoff and got the ball to Doten who made a move and fired a shot that gave Babson the victory.

Low finished the game with three goals, while Doten recorded two goals and an assist. Both Callahan and More totaled a goal and an assist and Goracy ended with two goals and an assist.

Both goalkeepers were strong in net with Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) turning back 14 shots and Ranta made 12.

Babson will return to action on Wednesday with a home contest against MIT, while the Cougars will play host Massachusetts Maritime on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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