Connecticut College 11, Babson College 7 Barton Notches 100th Point for Camels

Connecticut College 11, Babson College 7 Barton Notches 100th Point for Camels

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) scored five goals to surpass 100 career points, and junior goalkeeper Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made 17 saves as visiting Connecticut College built a nine-goal lead and held on to defeat Babson College, 11-7, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With the win, Connecticut College is now 2-6 on the season, while Babson falls to 3-5 overall.

Sophomore Ross Thompson (Carmel, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist for the Camels, who had seven different players score at least once. Classmate Jake Bank (Scarsdale, N.Y.) tied for game-high honors with six groundballs, and first-year Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 12-of-20 face-offs.

Junior Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) had two goals and one assist, while senior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored twice for the Beavers. Juniors Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) and Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.), and first-year Jason Cox (Westwood, Mass.) all scored once, and classmate Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) led all players with a career-high three assists. Senior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) collected six groundballs, and classmate Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) finished with a game-high three caused turnovers.

The teams combined for three goals in the opening 1:38 of the first quarter, as Briggs notched his first of the afternoon to give Connecticut College a 2-1 lead, sparking an eight-goal run. Briggs struck for his second marker with 7:25 to go in the stanza, and Bleistein made seven first-quarter saves keep the Camels in front 3-1 after 15 minutes.

Barton converted a feed from sophomore Max King (Amesbury, Mass.) at 12:52 of the second quarter to make it 4-1, and Connecticut College added tallies from sophomore Mack Dowling (Darien, Conn.) and Thompson to push its margin to five with 9:41 to go before halftime. Sophomore Davis Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) scored his only goal of the day with seven seconds left in the second quarter to make it 7-1, and Parens gave the Camels and 8-1 lead at the break after he won the ensuing face-off and scored just before the horn.

After Briggs opened the second half with a man-up goal, Babson responded with a five-goal spurt to climb back into the game. Barsalou scored off a feed from Doten with 11:23 to go in the third, and Doten and Low followed with goals just 55 seconds apart to make it 9-4 with 8:51 to go in the period.

Coan made it a four-goal game with an unassisted marker with 3:30 remaining in the third, and the Beavers took advantage of an extra-man opportunity as Cox struck for his seventh tally of the year to get within 9-6 with 8:56 to go in the contest. The Green and White got the ball back just over a minute later following a turnover, but were unable to draw closer as Bleistein came up with back-to-back saves, and Barton struck for his fifth goal after shedding a defender at the top of the box to put Connecticut College back up 10-6 with 4:49 left.

Doten again got Babson within three with 3:23 to play following a timeout, but Bank picked up the groundball on the ensuing face-off and junior Max Luing (Ridgewood, N.J.) beat a double team and scored 52 seconds later for the final margin.

First-year Jordan Shapiro (Pleasantville, N.Y.) finished with two saves for the Green and White, which held a 24-13 advantage in shots on goal.

The Beavers held a 40-36 edge in groundballs and were 16-of-19 on clear opportunities, while forcing 16 of the Camels 27 turnovers.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Springfield at 1 p.m., while Connecticut College hosts nationally-ranked Tufts at 5 p.m.

With his 79 goals scored, Barton has moved all the way up to 14th on the program's all-time scoring list.  He is the first Camel to reach the century mark in point production since John Lyons '13 did so in 2013.