Babson vs. Mit
April 12, 2008
The Game Story:
BABSON PARK, Mass. - The Babson College men's lacrosse team rebounded from a poor first quarter to claim a 12-8 victory over visiting MIT in a Pilgrim League matchup at MacDowell Field on Saturday afternoon. It was the fourth straight win for the Beavers, who improved to 4-7 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the conference, while MIT dipped to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the league.

Babson got off to a rough start, as MIT turned four Beaver penalties into three man-up goals on its way to a 5-3 advantage after one. However, Babson turned things around in the second, scoring five unanswered goals to head into the half armed with an 8-5 lead. Junior Ryan Ballentine (Simsbury, Conn.) and sophomore Corey Garvey (Garden City, N.Y.) each scored twice in the opening quarter for MIT, while junior Matt Harrington (Hanover, Mass.) recorded two goals and one assist during Babson's furious second-quarter run.

MIT stayed close by scoring two of the first three goals in the third quarter, but Harrington netted his third off a feed from senior co-captain Jason Wellemeyer (Pembroke, Mass.) with 1:32 remaining in the session to give Babson a 10-7 cushion. Junior co-captain Bryan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) then added a clutch score with just six seconds remaining in the third, giving the Beavers an 11-7 advantage heading into the final stanza.

Both teams clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter, as neither team scored until the final minute of play. Wellemeyer converted an assist from Harrington with 38 seconds left to give Babson a 12-7 lead, and MIT junior Patrick Shannon (Andover, Mass.) struck with 10 ticks remaining for the 12-8 final.

First-year goalie Mike Saucier (Nashua, N.H.) was outstanding between the pipes for Babson, making eight of his 11 saves in the second half. Harrington paced all players with five points (3 goals, 2 assists), while Wellemeyer (3 G, 1 A) and Wilbur (2 G, 2 A) added four points apiece. Junior Matt Enright (Bristol, R.I.) also had a strong game with two goals and one assist, and senior Ed Baran (Danbury, Conn.) picked up a game-high 10 groundballs while winning 14 of 23 face-offs.

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MIT was led by Garvey, who recorded three goals and one assist, and Ballentine, who added two goals, two helpers, and a team-high seven groundballs. Sophomore Garth Grove (Jarrettsville, Md.) went the distance in net for the Engineers, finishing with nine saves.