BEVERLY, Mass.—Visiting Babson College rallied to cut a five-goal halftime deficit to one with less than 12 minutes to go before falling to Endicott College, 11-10, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Hempstead Stadium.
Babson has dropped three straight games to slip to 2-3 on the year, while Endicott stays unbeaten at 3-0.
Junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) scored four goals and added two assists, while classmate Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) had two goals and two assists to lead the Beavers. Senior Lyndsay Giroux (Westwood, Mass.) produced a pair of goals, classmate Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) recorded a team-high six draw controls, and junior Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) contributed five ground balls and three caused turnovers in the loss.
Sophomore Jennifer Lacroix (Wrentham, Mass.) led all players with five goals, while junior Jackie Healy (Northborough, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and two assists for the Gulls. Classmate Ali Campbell (Lakeville, Mass.) scooped up a game-high eight ground balls and junior Talia Dellatto (Andover, Mass.) caused four turnovers in the victory.
Lacroix and Healy combined for five first-half goals and Endicott connected on three free-position tallies to build an 8-3 lead at halftime. Senior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) brought the Green and White within a goal at the 17:35 mark, but Campbell started a four-goal run that ended with back-to-back free-position markers from Lacroix that gave the Gulls a five-goal advantage with 4:02 left in the opening period.
Campbell scored again just 1:28 into the second half to push the margin to six before the Beavers responded with five straight goals. Sophomore Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) converted a feed from O'Halloran at the 25:54 mark, Giroux scored twice 59 seconds, and Lenaghan notched a pair of markers just 27 seconds apart to pull Babson within 9-8 with 15:35 remaining in regulation.
Lenaghan scored to make it 10-9 with 11:39 to go, but Babson committed turnovers on its next four possessions leading to Lacroix's fifth tally of the day to push the margin back to 11-9 with 5:48 left. Harrigan was stopped on a free-position chance with 4:29 remaining before Thorbahn cut the Beavers' deficit to one again with 37 seconds left.
Harrigan won the ensuing draw, but the Green and was unable to get off a potential game-tying shot in the closing seconds.
First-year Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.), stopped seven shots in her first career start for the Beavers, while junior Bella Rino (Northborough, Mass.) made five stops for the Gulls.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts the University of New England at 3:30 p.m., while Endicott travels to Connecticut College on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 10-4 all-time against Endicott.
• The last two games in the series have been decided by a single goal, and six of the last nine contests between the teams have been decided by two goals or less.
• Babson is 4-4 since the start of last year in one-goal games.
• After winning 24 straight games, the Beavers have now dropped two in row when scoring at least 10 goals.