By Evan Wheaton
As the sun began to sink over Stagg Field, so did Springfield’s lead over Babson.
The Pride drew first blood when Lucas Habich assisted Joe Hawley two and a half minutes into the first quarter. Up until the Beavers answered at the 9:34 mark, this would be the only time Springfield held the lead.
“Every time Babson turned the ball over, we couldn’t capitalize off of it, and every time we turned it over, they’d do something with it, so we just have to get better with capitalizing on turnovers from defense,” sophomore Patrick Watson said.
The Pride was 0-2 in man up opportunities, while the Beavers went 1-3. Springfield also had twice the amount of saves that Babson had with 14. Joseph Cameron was dominant in face offs, winning 11-17
During a lengthy time on attack in which the shot clock reset multiple times, the Pride couldn’t capitalize on offense.
“They were sending the first slide pretty quickly,” junior Tommy Nash said. “I was kind of just trying to move the ball as fast as I could after the two possessions where I turned it over and stopped throwing back basically.”
Nash kept getting doubled up by Babson preventing ball movement. He saw more production in the fourth quarter with a goal, and the Pride gained momentum when Watson followed up with one of his own.
“It started with dodging hard and that’s really our go-to,” Nash said. “We just dodge hard and draw slide and that’s kind of what we had to do in that fourth quarter.”
The Pride defense also held the Beavers to zero goals during the fourth quarter. Watson had an assist as well.
“I think I just had my wins all game,” Watson said. “Turnovers after turnovers, I had to come back in the fourth quarter and really just keep trying hard.”
Watson didn’t play against Babson last season when Springfield defeated them within the last minute of overtime in the 2018 NEWMAC Semifinals. After his first game against the Beavers, he’s eager to meet them again.
“Last year I was a freshman so I didn’t get on the field,” Watson said. “It felt good to go out there to play, we just can’t wait to see them in the playoffs because that’s when we’ll get them back.”
The Pride will be hosted by Middlebury at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Photo courtesy Sam Leventhal