SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Second-ranked Babson College got goals from three different players and two assists from senior Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.) on its way to a 3-1 win at Mount Holyoke in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference ( NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Babson improves to 10-1 on the season and remain undefeated in conference play with a 3-0 record. The Lyons fall to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC.
The green and White was off to a quick start as sophomore Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) off an assist from Merrigan combined to net the first goal, just under three minutes into the match. With the ball in her possession, Merrigan chipped it to the right, and Roche lunched it into the cage giving Babson a 1-0 lead.
Merrigan's second assist of the day came shortly after, as the Green and white recorded their second goal of the game in the 10th minute of play. Off a penalty corner attempt, Merrigan found the ball at the top of circle. With a pass to the left by Merrigan, first-year Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.) launched the ball past the Lyons defense right into the back of the cage, giving the Green and White a 2-0 advantage.
Babson capped it's scoring in the 24th minute when junior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and Paro connected. After launching the ball towards the cage, Paro's shot was redirected past the goalie by Gilman, giving Babson a 3-0 lead entering the half.
The Lyons tried to rally in the second half as they outshot the Green and white, 11-2. With an assist from junior Mirjam Keochakian (Hamburg, Germany), senior Kathryn Rawson redirected the ball into the cage brining Mount Holyoke within two of Babson in the 63rd minute.
Both Babson sophomore goalkeeper Deirdre Barry (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Lyon classmate Morgan Turners (Chester, N.J.) recorded five saves.
Mount Holyoke held a 12-10 edge in shots and a 9-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Both teams return to NEWMAC action on Tuesday as Babson travels to Wellesley for a 4 p.m. game, while Mount Holyoke is set to host Springfield at 7 p.m.
• Babson is now 20-15-3 all-time against the Lyons.
• The Green and White has now won six straight conference road games.
• The Beavers have held all three conference opponents to one goal or less.