Men’s lacrosse loses opening game to Babson


Courtesy of Justin Schmalholz

Men’s lacrosse team started their season off with a win against Nichols College.

By Christopher Williams

The men’s lacrosse team fell 21-5 to Babson College on Saturday—the team’s first action of the spring season after its first three contests were canceled due to “COVID-19 protocols,” according to Emerson Athletics.

Senior Austin Franklin led the Lions in scoring with two goals, and three other Lions—junior Peirce Eldridge, sophomore Jack O’Rourke, and freshman Birk Swan—scored for Emerson.

Babson began the first period with guns ablazing, tallying nine goals before senior Austin Franklin added one in the dying seconds of the period to put Emerson on the scoreboard. 

The Beavers continued their scoring in the second period as Ethan Carpenter recorded a goal for the hosts. Eldridge added the Lions’ second goal with 2:58 remaining in the half, and Babson led Emerson 10-2 at halftime.

Emerson only found the back of the net once in the third period, when Swan scored with 1:22 left. Babson, on the other hand, tallied eight goals to lead 18-3 going into the final period.

Babson’s Peter Chisholm, Quinn Schomp, and John Calicchio all tallied goals in the fourth period. O’Rourke added the Lions’ fourth goal at the 5:42 mark, and Franklin scored his second goal with 3:29 remaining.

Emerson amassed 22 shots throughout the game compared to Babson’s 64.

The Lions’ next game—the last of the regular season—is at the United States Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, April 24.