Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Coast Guard

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Coast Guard

Women's Lacrosse at Coast Guard
Saturday, April 14—1 p.m.
Cadet Memorial Field—New London, Conn.

THE SERIES
Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the fourth time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2015. The Beavers are 3-0 all-time against the Bears.

LAST MEETING
Francesca Giovanucci '17 scored four times and senior Charlotte O'Halloran matched her career high with six assists to help visiting Babson defeat the Coast Guard, 14-1, on April 19, 2017, at Cadet Memorial Field. Junior Mairead Williams finished with two goals and one assist, while senior Julia Harrigan scored twice for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Coast Guard (9-3, 2-1 NEWMAC) snapped a two-game skid with a 22-10 victory against Western Connecticut on Wednesday. Senior Daria McKenna had a game-high eight goals and a program-record 10 points, including the 100th of her career for the Bears, who also got five tallies from first-year Marietta Davis. Classmate Brenna Farrington (48-2-50) is tied for first in the NEWMAC in goals, McKenna (25-23-48) is second in the league in assists, and first-year Haley Howard (6-21-27) is leading the team with 28 ground balls, 57 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers. Classmates Rebecca Dolan and Mary Budri have combined to post a 10.02 goals against average and a .410 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (6-6, 3-1 NEWMAC) fell short in a 17-14 loss to MIT on Wednesday afternoon at McDowell Field. Junior Lexi Lenaghan logged five goals and two assists, while first-year Georgia Salvatore found the back of the net four times for the Beavers, who led 11-8 at halftime. Lenaghan (38-18-56) ranks third in the NEWMAC in scoring, junior Taylor Thorbahn (13-19-32) is fifth in the league in assists, and senior Julia Harrigan (20-5-25) is tied for first in the conference with 62 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo leads the squad with 29 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, while first-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor has posted an 11.90 goals against average and a .333 save percentage in 11 games.

RAISING THEIR PRODUCTION
Lenaghan (14-6-20) and Salvatore (9-4-13) have combined to produce 23 goals and 10 assists over the last three games. Despite appearing in just two of the Beavers' first four conference games, Lenaghan is second in scoring with 18 points, while Salvatore is tied for fifth with 16 points.

SHORT MEMORY
Despite suffering its first loss to a NEWMAC foe other than Springfield in four seasons on Wednesday, the Green and White has not dropped back-to-back conference games since a 14-13 loss to MIT on April 22 and a 15-11 setback at Wheaton on April 25, 2015.

SILVER LINING
Despite allowing 17 goals for the second consecutive game on Wednesday, Babson scooped up 20 ground balls and finished with a season-high 12 caused turnovers. Sophomore Sarah DeLucia collected a career-best five ground balls and was one of three players along with Bravo and first-year Sara O'Connor to force at least two turnovers against the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are averaging 15.75 goals over their first four conference outings.

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