WELLESLEY, Mass. - Babson College erupted for seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter Wednesday, turning a two-goal game into a nine-goal contest, and the Beavers went on to register an 11-5 victory over Plymouth State College in the semi-finals of the Pilgrim League men's lacrosse play-offs.
The Beavers advance to the championship game on Sunday (1:00 p.m.) against two-time defending champion Eastern Connecticut. The Warriors eliminated MIT on Wednesday, 20-7.
Babson held a 4-1 lead at halftime, but the Panthers got the only goal of the third quarter, and trailed 4-2 heading into the final 15 minutes. Then the Beavers put the game away with the powerful fourth quarter.
"They're a very good team," said PSC first-year head coach Bob Ewell about the winners. "They're very strong defensively and they have an outstanding goalie. We played real well defensively for most of the game, but we had about a five-minute breakdown in the fourth period. But going into the fourth quarter with a two-goal difference, it was certainly a winnable game."
Plymouth State got two goals from sophomore Jim Martocchio (Simsbury, CT), completing his single-season school record with 55 goals. Senior Josh Perry (Falmouth, MA) contributed two assists, and single goals were added by sophomore J.P. Sallese (Beverly, MA), senior Nate Ostis (Yarmouth, ME) and freshman Andrew Quesnel (Middlebury, VT).
PSC sophomore Nate Pearson (Bow, NH) finished with 13 saves, while Babson goalies John Schmidt and Nic Sabella combined for eight saves.
"Their goalie played real well," said Ewell. "Our defense played well enough to keep us in it, we just couldn't put anything together offensively. Then they went on a run against us there in the fourth."
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