-Score: Clark University 10, Babson 9
-Records: Clark (11-7, NEWMAC 5-2), Babson (8-9, NEWMAC 4-3)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team battled their way to a one-point victory over the Beavers of Babson College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) quarterfinal game on Tuesday night. The Cougars will travel to top seeded Coast Guard Academy on Thursday, May 2nd for the NEWMAC Semifinals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark opened up scoring in the first two minutes of play when junior Jack Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) dished the ball to senior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) on the right post who found room behind Babson goalkeeper, Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Center, N.Y.), for the 1-0 lead. The Beavers evened the score less than a minute later on an unassisted tally from sophomore Ethan Carpenter (Orlando, Fla.). The Cougars used a goal from junior Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) at the 10:43 mark to pull ahead 2-1 before the Beavers responded with one of their own from senior Brandon Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) to tie the game for the second time with 6:55 on the clock, 2-2. The two teams traded unassisted goals over the final five minutes, one from Clark sophomore Jacob Brandes (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and the other from Babson sophomore Alex Lesher (Scottsdale, Ariz.), to head into the second stanza tied at three.
-Babson edged Clark in scoring, 2-1, in the second quarter to claim a 5-4 lead heading into the halftime break. Carpenter fired one in just a minute into the second to give the visitor's their first lead of the game before Clark first year Benjamin Hollerbach (West Hartford, Conn.) found the back of the net for the equalizer (4-4). Aranalde sent a long ball down field to first year Ryan Donovan (Cohasset, Mass.) who found the back of the net with just over a minute on the clock for the 5-4 go-ahead.
-Clark outscored the Beavers 4-3 in the third stanza with tallies from junior Andrew Hollerbach (West Hartford, Conn.), King, and Rasco. Babson used a goal from senior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) in a man-up situation with 1:22 to play to even the score to 7-7 heading into the final 15 minutes.
-Clark came out of the gates firing in the fourth stanza with three straight goals. Mandracchia assisted on back-to-back goals from senior Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.) and Rasco before Andrew Hollerbach found Rasco in a man-up play for the 10-7 lead. The Beavers battled back with two goals, one from sophomore Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and one from Carpeter to pull within one at the 4:55 mark. The Cougars defense held strong as Maselek came up with two big saves in the final three minutes to take home the 10-9 final victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Junior Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished 11-for-15 in face-offs and first year Mark Zito (Lincoln, R.I.) went 5-for-7 as the Cougars finished 17-for-22 in face-offs on the night. Philbin also finished with a game-high seven ground balls.
-Rasco led the Cougars offensively with five points from four goals and an assist while Mandracchia dished out a game-leading four assists to lead Clark to victory.
-Senior Pat Campbell (Duxbury, Mass.) finished the night with three caused turnovers on defense for Clark.
-Carpenter led Babson with three goals and Mishkind added three points from a goal and two assists in the setback.
-Maselek made and impressive 14 saves in net for the Cougars and improves to 10-6 on the season.
-Aranalde made 13 saves for the Beavers and falls to 7-9 to finish the season.
-The Cougars will travel to top seeded Coast Guard Academy on Thursday, May 2nd for the NEWMAC Semifinals.