BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored three goals and led all players with 12 draw controls to help Babson College defeat visiting Plymouth State University, 17-9, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 2-0, while Plymouth State opens the season at 0-1.
Junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) had four goals and a game-high six points, while classmate Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) scored three times for the Beavers. Fellow junior Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) and sophomore Catherine Collins (Barrington, R.I.) each scooped up three ground balls and classmate Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) made 11 saves in the win.
Senior Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) scored four goals and dished out two assists, while classmate Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) had two goals for the Panthers. Junior Kimmie Zucarro (Townsend, Mass.) picked up five ground balls and caused four turnovers, and senior goalkeeper Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) turned away 16 shots and scooped up four ground balls in a losing effort.
Sullivan gave Plymouth State a 1-0 lead just 16 seconds into the contest before Babson responded with six of the next seven goals. Lenaghan scored twice to forge a 2-2 tie at the 19:12 mark, and junior Olivia McCahan (Providence, R.I.), senior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I., first-year Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) followed with four consecutive tallies inside of seven minutes to give the Beavers a 6-2 advantage with 11:52 to go in the opening period.
Tingley notched her first goal of the year with just over 10 minutes left in the stanza, and the Panthers took advantage of an own goal and a free-position strike by senior Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) just 13 apart to get within 6-5 at halftime. The momentum was short-lived though, as Babson scored four times in the first seven minutes of the second half to extend the margin back to 10-6 with 23:11 remaining.
Bunonagurio made it a five-goal game with the first of her three tallies at the 22:33 mark, and then converted a free-position shot with 2:47 left to give the Beavers a 16-9 lead. Thorbahn notched her first goal of the season with 34.1 seconds remaining for the final margin.
Babson won 13-of-16 second-half draws and converted 6-of-11 free-position chances on the day. The Beavers also converted 17-of-20 clears while forcing a turnover on 13 of the Panthers' 25 clearing opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Skidmore at 3 p.m., while Plymouth State travels to MIT for a 1:15 p.m. start.
• The Beavers are 10-5 all-time against Plymouth State.
• Babson has now won 13 of its last 15 games at MacDowell Field going back to April 2016.
• Through its first two games, the Green and White has scored 11 free-position goals.