NORTON, Mass.—Senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) and junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) each had five goals as visiting Babson College cruised to a 16-5 win at Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Nordin Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 9-7 overall and 6-1 in league play, while Wheaton slips to 7-9 overall and 4-3 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with two goals to go along with three ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls, while first-year Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) scored twice for the Beavers. Junior Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) recorded three ground balls and three caused turnovers, sophomore Maria Bravo (Windermere, Fla.) scooped up a team-high four ground balls and first-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) stopped five shots to earn the win.
Sophomore Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine) had three goals and classmate Molly Covarrubias (Framingham, Mass.) scored twice for the Lyons. Fellow sophomore Nina Sanfilippo (Salem, Conn.) finished with five ground balls and three caused turnovers, while senior Molly Witten (Bethesda, Md.) and first-year Jena Casman (Woodbridge, Conn.) combined to make nine saves in the loss.
The Green and White broke free from a 2-2 deadlock and pulled away with a 10-goal run that spanned over 26 minutes and parts of both halves. Harrigan and Lenaghan combined to score five times in the opening stanza to build a 7-2 lead at the break.
Harrigan sandwiched two goals around a marker from McGuire to extend the margin to 10-2 less than four minutes into the second half. Lenaghan converted a feed from first-year Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) at the 25:41 mark and senior Lyndsay Giroux (Westwood, Mass.) capped the run to make it 12-2 with just over 22 minutes remaining.
Wheaton got as close as 13-5 with less than 10 minutes to play thanks to a pair of tallies by Schwartzman, but Lenaghan tacked on a pair of late goals and sophomore Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) scored with 22 seconds to go for the final margin.
Both teams close out the regular season on Saturday as Babson hosts Mount Holyoke at 3:30 p.m., while Wheaton takes on Coast Guard at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are 22-16 all-time against Wheaton.
• Babson matched its season high with 12 caused turnovers in Wednesday night's win.
• With six points against the Lyons, Lenaghan now has 76 points on the year, which is good for the third highest single-season total in program history. Anna Collins '10 set the school mark with 91 points in 2009 and followed it up with 80 points in 2010.
• The Green and White is averaging 16.71 goals over its first seven NEWMAC outings.