BABSON PARK, Mass.— Junior Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) scored five goals and recorded an assist as Babson College defeated visiting Wellesley College, 19-6, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
Babson, which won its seventh consecutive NEWMAC opener, improves to 4-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while Wellesley slips to 0-6 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) saw a game-high 11 draw controls, scored four goals and recorded an assist, first-year Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) posted three goals and an assist, while classmate Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) and junior Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) both logged two goals in the win. First-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) recorded three saves, while sophomore goalie Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) moves to 3-2 on the year with the win.
Junior Dacia Persky (Las Vegas, Nev.) led the Blue with two goals and an assist, while classmate Ellie Chalphin (Philadelphia, Pa.), sophomore Anna Eichhorn (Westport, Conn.), and first-years Carson Dennis (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) and Louise Conaty (Wilmington, del.) each chipped in with one goal in the loss. Junior Goalkeeper Chloe Tucker (San Ramon, Calif.) recorded nine saves on the day.
Salvatore scored in the third minute of play to put the Beavers on the board first, before Conaty responded with a goal for the Blue to tie the match at 1-1 with 24:18 remaining the period. Back-to-back goals by Thorbahn sparked a four-goal run for Babson to put the Beavers ahead, 5-1, with 9:30 left in the half. Wellesley recorded a goal with 9:08 remaining to come within three goals, but Babson answered with a 3-1 run to end the half.
Leading 8-3 to start the second half, Harrigan and McGuire recorded back-to-back goals to put Babson ahead, 10-3, before Wellesley answered with back-to-back goals of their own to trail 10-5 with 23:44 left in regulation. The Green and White scored eight goals over the next 13 minutes to take a 18-5 lead with just under 11 minutes left on the clock. Dacia recorded a goal for the Blue with 5:59 remaining in play, but junior Olivia Martino (Berlin, Conn.) responded with the final goal for Beavers with 2:36 to go.
The Beavers finished with a 22-5 edge in draw controls, while forcing Mount Holyoke into 13 first-half turnovers.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when the Beavers visit Springfield at 1 p.m., while Wellesley is set to host Colby tomorrow at 12 p.m.
• Babson is now 21-21 all-time against Wellesley College and has won 15 of the last 16 matchups since 2007.
• The Beavers have won their NEWMAC opener in 16 of the last 17 seasons.
• The Green and White has allowed nine goals or less in 18 of their last 19 conference games going back to April 2016