PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.— Junior Caitlin Wood (Simsbury, Conn.) scored three goals as No. 12 Wesleyan downed Babson College, 14-4, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday morning at Port Charlotte HS.
With the loss, Babson drops to 3-4, while Wesleyan improves to 5-1.
Senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I), junior Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.), sophomore Catherine Collins (Barrington, R.I) and first-year Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) each recorded one goal, while junior Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in with two assists. Sophomore Maria Bravo (Windermere, Fla.) and first-year Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) combined to cause four turnovers, while first-year Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) recorded four saves in the loss for the Beavers.
Junior Abigail Horst (Pomfret, Conn.) and sophomores Grace Andonian (Concord, Mass.), and Emma Richards (Littleton, Colo.) each chipped in with two goals apiece. Sophomore Julia Gretsky (Westfield, N.J.) and first-year Sydney Prokupek (Denver, Colo.) both had an assist and one goal in the win for the Cardinals, while sophomore Allegra Grant (Winnetka, Ill.) recorded eight saves to earn her fifth win of the season.
The Cardinals fired first when Horst scored a free position goal in the third minute of play to take an early lead. With 21:59 remaining in the half, Collins netted a goal for the beavers to tie the match at 1-1, but a goal by Wood sparked a six-goal run for Wesleyan before McGuire answered back for the Beavers in the final seconds of the half.
Heading into the second half trailing 7-3, Harrigan notched a goal for the Beavers in the first minute before Wesleyan went on a seven-goal run to take a 14-3 lead with 6:46 remaining. Buonagurio scored the final the goal of the game with 23 seconds left on the clock.
Babson outshot Wesleyan, 18-12, but only won 8-of-19 draws. Both teams finished the game with 15 turnovers.
Babson returns to action Saturday in their conference home opener against Wellesley at 1 p.m., while Wesleyan will meet up with St. Lawrence on Thursday in Englawood fla. at 3 p.m.
• Babson is now 7-7 all-time against Wesleyan.
• The Beavers were held below five goals for just the sixth time in 62 games going back to the start of the 2015 season.