#15 Springfield Uses 2nd Half Comeback to Slip by Babson

BABSON PARK, Mass.-Sophomore Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 46 seconds remaining to help lift visiting Springfield to a thrilling 7-6 come-from-behind win over Babson tonight in Pilgrim League men's lacrosse action at MacDowell Field.

No. 15 Springfield tallied the game's final five goals to erase a 6-2 second half deficit, holding Babson scoreless over the final 29:46 to clinch its fifth consecutive Pilgrim League regular season title. The Pride have now won 40 straight games against conference opponents dating back to 2008. Babson drops to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in Pilgrim League play with the loss.

Senior Jamie Schmidt (Shelburne, Vt.) and junior Alex Patinkin (Providence, R.I.) led the Babson attack with two goals apiece. Sophmores Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio) and Ryan Dawidjan (Worcester, Mass.) each added one goal each. Patinkin, Packer and seniors Cam Caruso (St. Charles, Ill.) and Tom Mallon (Manhasset, N.Y.) each chipped in with an assist.

Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Mass.) had two goals and two assists for Springfield, while first-year Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) scored twice and tallied one assist. Senior Shane Ferguson (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist, and Murphy and junior Jake McGuinness (Barnstable, Mass.) chipped in with one goal each.

The Pride opened the scoring just nine seconds into the game as McGuinness won the game's opening faceoff and went straight goal, beating Babson junior goalkeeper James Whalen (Westwood, Mass.) for a 1-0 lead. The Beavers would tie things up just over three minutes later, though, as they took advantage of a Cam Spofford (Merrimac, Mass.) forced turnover when Caruso fed Packer for his sixth goal of the season at the 11:40 mark.

Babson took its first lead of the game with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter, as Packer returned the favor, setting up Schmidt for the first of his two goals after a long offensive possession. Springfield sophomore goalie Robert Maher (Katonah, N.Y.) stopped initial shots by senior Jeremy Yudkin (Franklin Lakes, N.J) and sophomore Mike McStravock (Windham, N.H.), but after working nearly two and a half minutes off the clock the Beavers beat Maher.

Feeding off the early lead and five first quarter stops from Whalen, Babson took advantage of a late Springfield turnover, as Patinkin notched the first of his two goals with just 23 seconds left in the first quarter to put Babson up 3-1 after 15 minutes.

After trading blows for most of the second quarter, Patinkin continued the Beavers run, scoring his second goal of the game off an assist from Mallon at the 7:01 mark of the second quarter to give Babson a 4-1 lead. Springfield responded though, as Ferguson, after missing wide with two shots earlier in the possession, beat Whalen to stop a scoreless drought of 26:24 for the Pride, cutting the Beavers' lead to 4-2 with 3:27 remaining in the quarter.

Ferguson's goal only momentarily stopped Babson's run as Dawidjan scored his third goal of the season just 1:25 before halftime to match the largest lead of the half to send the Beavers into the break with a 5-2 advantage.

Schmidt's second goal of the game, a man-up tally off an assist from Patinkin, just 14 seconds into the second half pushed the Babson lead to four at 6-2, as the Beavers seemed to be on the verge of breaking things open. Unfortunately for Babson, it would be the last time they would beat Maher.

Springfield, who has now won eight straight games, showed its mettle, gaining control of the game, and working long, patient possessions that led to high percentage shots. Sheehan started the Pride comeback with his 22nd goal of the season at the 5:29 mark of the third quarter off a feed from Lynch, and Lynch scored the first of his two goals just 1:50 later after a Babson turnover to make it 6-4 after three quarters.

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