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

Lynch opened the fourth quarter scoring with his second goal at 12:58, cutting Babson's lead to 6-5. The Beavers continued to cling to a one-goal advantage, but were outshot 16-3 over the final 15 minutes, and struggled to get quality possessions, going just 1 for 4 on clear opportunities.

The Pride made the most of their opportunities over the final minutes, taking advantage of three Babson penalties to tie and win the game on man-up opportunities. Sheehan's second goal of the day with just 2:45 remaining drew Springfield even for the first time since midway through the first quarter, before Murphy gave the Pride their first, and only, lead of the day with his man-up goal two minutes later.

Whalen was strong between the pipes for Babson making 15 stops, while Maher made nine of his 11 saves in the first half for Springfield to help keep the Pride close.

Dawidjan led Babson with four groundballs and five caused turnovers on the night, while first-year Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) and Patinkin each picked up three ground balls. Spofford forced three turnovers for the Beavers.

Murphy and Maher each collected a team-best five groundballs for Springfield, while senior Tim Cimini (West Hartford, Conn.) had four. Sophomore Branden Fernandez (Warwick, N.Y.) won 9 of 15 faceoffs for the Pride.

Springfield held a 39-26 advantage in shots, including a 24-7 edge in the second half. The Pride went 17 for 20 on clear opportunities while Babson was just 12 for 22.

Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday in the Pilgrim League semifinals. Springfield is the top seed and will host fourth-seeded MIT, while third-seeded Babson will travel to take on second-seeded Wheaton College.

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