NEW LONDON, Conn. - Five different Beavers recorded three or more goals as visiting Babson College defeated the Coast Guard Academy, 19-14, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Cadet Memorial Field.
With the win, Babson moves to 7-6 on the season and 4-1 in conference play, while Coast Guard falls to 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) led the team with four goals and an assist, while senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.), junior Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.), sophomore Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.), and first-year Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J) each chipped in with three goals for the Green and White. Sophomore Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) faced 14 shots over 44:56 minutes, logging six saves on the afternoon for the win.
First-year Brenna Farrington (East Northport N.Y.) saw a team high four goals to go along with one assist, junior Carter Sanderson (Stillwater, Minn.) added three goals and an assist, and first-year Marietta Davis (Great Falls, Va.) finished the day with two goals. First-year Mary Budri (Falmouth, Maine) logged a career-high 13 saves in the loss for the Bears.
Lenaghan got the Beavers on board first when recorded back-to-back goals in the opening minute s of play. Sanderson scored on a free position shot which sparked a five goal run for the Bears to put them ahead by three with 18:10 left in the first half. Babson responded with two goals to tie the game at 5-5, but Coast guard answered back with two goals of their own to lead, 7-5, with 14:29 left in the half. The Beavers tied the game at 7-7 after recording back-to-back goals before Coast guard scored their third free position goal to regain the lead. Babson scored five unanswered goals over the final seven minutes of the frame to lead, 12-9, at the half.
The Green and White got the second half started with three goals to give them a 15-9 lead, which tied for their biggest lead of the game. Coast Guard came within four goals, twice, but the Bears were unable to rally as they fell, 19-14, in regulation.
Babson won 23-of-25 draw controls, held a 37-26 advantage in shots, and picked up a 13 groundballs.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson hosts Amherst at 6 p.m., while Coast Guard hosts Wellesley at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 4-0 all-time against the Bears.
• The Beavers are now averaging 16.4 goals in conference play