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Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Wheaton

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Wheaton

Women's Lacrosse at Wheaton
Wednesday, April 25—7 p.m.
Nordin Field—Norton, Mass.

Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 39th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to 1987. The Beavers are 22-16 all-time against the Lyons.

Emily Bresnahan '17 scored a school-record 12 goals as visiting Babson rolled past Wheaton, 18-8, on April 8, 2017, at Nordin Field. Francesca Giovanucci '17 added five tallies to go along with four draw controls, senior Charlotte O'Halloran matched her career high with six assists, and Christine Gill '17 scooped up a career-best six ground balls for the Beavers. Sophomore Molly Covarrubias scored four times and Hannah Gasperoni '17 contributed three goals and one assist for the Lyons.

Brooke Sabol and Jenna Tewksbury both scored three times and fourth-seeded Wheaton College used a key three-goal run midway through the second half on its way to defeating the fifth-seeded Babson College, 15-11, in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on April 25, 2015, in Norton. Kayla Farina '16 scored four goals and dished out two assists for six points, while Giovanucci scored three times for the Beavers.

Wheaton (7-8, 4-2 NEWMAC) fell short against MIT, 23-11, on Saturday afternoon at Jack Barry Field. The Lyons were led by hat-tricks from junior Maddy Lahm, first-year Maggie Dymes and senior Katie Peters, while getting single-goal performances from Covarrubias and first-year Emma Ford. Peters (39-5-44) leads the team with 63 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers, while sophomore Kyra Schwartzman (23-13-36) is first on the squad in assists. Lahm (26-2-28) has recorded 53 draw controls, junior Kennelly Alletron has picked up 28 ground balls and senior goalkeeper Molly Witten leads the conference with a .520 save percentage while posting a 10.84 goals against average.

Babson (8-7, 5-1 NEWMAC) has won two straight conference games after Saturday's 19-6 victory over Emerson. Junior Taylor Thorbahn scored five goals and recorded two assists, while classmate Lexi Lenaghan recorded three goals and four assists for seven points for the Beavers, who outshot the Lions 40-11. Lenaghan (45-25-70) ranks second in the NEWMAC in points, while Thorbahn (22-21-43) and first-year Georgia Salvatore (23-12-35) have combined 28 goals and 19 assists in league play. Senior Julia Harrigan (24-7-31) is tied for second in the conference with 81 draw controls, sophomore Maria Bravo leads the team in ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (17) and the duo of sophomore Olivia Phelan and first-year Cricket Fligor have combined to post an 11.73 goals against average and a .356 save percentage this spring.

The Beavers enter the final week of the regular season as one of three teams with one loss in NEWMAC play along with Springfield and MIT. Two wins this week would give the Green and White at least a share of its second regular season title in three years, and two wins coupled with a loss by MIT would help Babson earn the top seed in next week's conference tournament.

Lenaghan, who became one of just 12 players in program history to record at least 70 points in a season in Saturday's win, is averaging 5.25 points per game this spring. The Babson single-season record of 5.21 points per game was set back in 1997 by Hall of Famer Tracy Russell '97.

The Beavers are 6-0 this season when scoring three or more free-position goals.