Women's Lacrosse Runs Past Bridgewater State in Season Opener, 18-5

Women's Lacrosse Runs Past Bridgewater State in Season Opener, 18-5

BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—Junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) finished with three goals and four assists, all in the first half, as visiting Babson College defeated Bridgewater State University, 18-5, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Swenson Field.

Seniors Lyndsay Giroux (Westwood, Mass.) and Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) both scored three times, while Lenaghan led all players with five draw controls for the Beavers (1-0). Junior Olivia McCahan (Providence, R.I.) and sophomores Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) and Olivia Remley (Ridgewood, N.J.) all had two goals in the victory.

First-year Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) scooped up a game-high four ground balls, while sophomore Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) made six saves over 46 minutes. First-year Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) also made one save for Babson.

Junior Elizabeth Ettridge (Marshfield, Mass.) finished with four goals, two ground balls and two draw controls to lead the Bears (0-1). First-year Emily Hiller (Marion, Mass.) recorded two assists and caused turnovers, while sophomore goalkeeper Hayley Barner (Westwood, Mass.) made eight saves in the loss.

After trading goals over the opening seven minutes, the Green and White outscored Bridgewater State 12-2 over the final 20 minutes of the first half. Giroux gave the Beavers the lead at the 19:59 mark, Harrigan followed with her first goal of the year 13 seconds later, and Lenaghan notched her second tally of the afternoon to make it 4-1 at 19:33.

Manning halted the run momentarily for the Bears with her strike at the 16:58 mark, but Babson rattled off seven consecutive goals, including two apiece by Giroux and Lenaghan, to extend the margin to 13-3 at halftime.

O'Connor tallied the first goal of her career just over three minutes into the second half, Remley and junior Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) followed with markers to give the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 16-3 with 13:14 remaining. Remley notched her second goal of the game with 9:11 left and Harrigan followed with a late-free position tally or the final margin.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Plymouth State at 4 p.m., while Bridgewater State takes on Mount Holyoke next Saturday at 12 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers have won 12 of their last 13 games against Bridgewater State and improve to 12-4 all-time in the series.
• Babson is 12-0 going back to the start of last year when scoring at least 10 goals.
• The Beavers' 13 first-half goals are the most in any period since putting up 14 on Coast Guard in an 18-0 back on April 20, 2016.
• The Green and White had 10 different players record at least one point in Saturday's win.

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