NEW LONDON, Conn.--The 14th ranked Connecticut College men's lacrosse team stormed out to a 6-0 advantage and the half and went on to defeat Babson College 10-3 in front of 300 fans on Freeman Field at Tempel Green Tuesday.
The Camels improve their record to 8-2 with the triumph while the Beavers slip to 5-6 in the setback.
Junior JR Hartgers (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) had two goals and an assist for the Camels. Senior Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) and sophomore Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y) both scored twice. Senior Andrew Freedman (Sudury, Mass.) had a goal and three assists for the winning side.
Tyler Corcoran (Simsbury, Conn.) chipped in with a goal and an assist while sophomore Kevin Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) whose brother Steve had tied a single game school record with eight goals against Babson in 2010, accounted for the game-winner in the second quarter.
Senior specialist Brendan Schrader (Annapolis, Md.) corralled six ground balls and was 7-for-13 at the x. Rookie net-minder Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) had another big day with 16 stops for the home team.
Connor Wolfe (Scarsdale, N.Y.) chipped in with a save in six minutes of relief duty.
Babson battled for 60 minutes and played a much stronger second half. Junior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio), Mike Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) and Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) all scored for the Beavers. Senior James Whalen (Westwood, Mass.) stopped 12 shots in the cage.
Phil Russo (Middleton, Mass.) collected four ground balls while winning six of 12 face-offs. Junior midfielder Ryan Dawidjan (Worcester, Mass.) was impressive with six ground balls to go with his three caused turnovers.
The Camels opened the scoring 1:09 into regulation when Corcoran assisted Hartgers in front of the goal to put the hosts on top 1-0. Later on with 2:01 remaining, Jeff Smith (Simsbury, Conn.) connected with Barton for a score that vaulted the Camels out to a 2-0 advantage after one.
With 9:43 remaining in the second, the Camels cashed in on an extra man opportunity when Pat Leary (Cheshire, Conn.) connected with Hartgers and the junior buried a bounce shot off of the grass to make it a 3-0 contest.
The Camels continued to pressure and erupted with three goals in a 2:24 span of the second quarter to pull away. Freedman connected with Dachille on the fourth goal. Then with 6:53 left, the Nutmeg State Connection from Hartgers to Leary made it a 5-0 score. With 5:37 left, Corcoran closed out the first half scoring with an assist coming from Freedman to make it a 6-0 game at the break.
Babson got one back when Packer scored with 10:13 to play. Stephen Eicher answered with a runner for the Camels at the 6:12 mark to make it a 7-1 game.