BABSON PARK, Mass. – Freshman Alex Patinkin (Providence, R.I.) and junior Armand Wilson (Fairfield, Conn.) combined for five goals and four assists Thursday afternoon as Babson College defeated Plymouth State University, 11-8, in non-conference college men’s lacrosse action.
Plymouth State led 3-1 in the first period but Babson battle back to tie the score at 4-4 by halftime. The Beavers outscored the visitors 4-1 in the third period to go up 8-5 and didn’t let them get closer than two goals in the final stanza to clinch the victory.
Patinkin finished with two goals and three assists Wilson tallied three goals and one assist in the win. The Beavers improve their overall record to 4-3 on the season while the Panthers drop to 2-3.
Babson sophomore Cam Caruso (St. Charles, Ill.) got the scoring started seven minutes into the first period with an unassisted goal. Plymouth State then scored the next three goals, including two from junior Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) to take the 3-1 lead. Freshman Jamie Schmidt (Shelburne, Vt.) scored for the Beavers off a pass from junior Tom Cykana (Minnetonka, Minn.) to bring the score to 3-2 at the end of the first period.
PSU senior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) scored his first goal of the game with 8:15 left in the half to put the Panthers up 4-2. Wilson scored for Babson off a Patinkin assist at the 4:32 mark, and the duo struck again just over a minute later when Wilson assisted Patinkin during a man-down situation to tie the game 4-4 going into the break.
Babson came out of halftime to score the first two goals of the third period taking the 6-4 lead. PSU senior Tim Hadley (New London, N.H.) then chipped in a goal for the Panthers but Babson’s Wilson and Caruso answered back scoring another two unanswered goals giving the Beavers the 8-5 lead entering the final stanza.
The Beavers outshot Plymouth 41-22 in the game. Junior goalkeeper Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) came up big for Plymouth State on many occasions playing the full 60 minutes in net and making 13 total saves. Babson senior goalkeeper Mike Saucier (Nashua, N.H.) also went the distance in net making four saves.
Giroux led Plymouth State with three goals and was followed by Eriksen who added two. Seniors Hadley, Steve Engel (South Windsor, Conn.) and Adam Rothbart (Portland, Maine) each chipped in with one goal apiece. Senior Derick Smith (New London, N.H.) finished with five groundballs.
Babson returns to action next Monday, March 29, when the Beavers host Tufts University for a 4:00 p.m. game. Plymouth State will next visit Clark University next Wednesday, March 31, for a 5:00 p.m. contest.
(Courtesy of Babson Sports Information)
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