Women's Lacrosse vs. Mount Holyoke
Saturday, April 28—3:30 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Mount Holyoke will meet for the 34th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1989. The Beavers are 20-13 all-time against the Lyons and have won 13 of the last 14 matchups going back to 2004.
Emily Bresnahan '17 and senior Lyndsay Giroux both scored four goals as Babson breezed past visiting Mount Holyoke, 15-4, April 2, 2017, at MacDowell Field. Senior Charlotte O'Halloran finished with two goals and four assists, while classmate Julia Harrigan and sophomore Taylor Herrmann both scored twice for the Beavers. Senior Leila Kouakou finished with two goals, three draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Lyons.
LAST MOUNT HOLYOKE WIN
Molly MacDonald had a game-high three goals and Liz Malenfant made 16 saves as the Lyons defeated the Beavers, 9-7, on April 20, 2013, in Babson Park, Mass. Farina scored twice and Misha Beatty '14 had a goal and two assists for the Beavers, who were just 2-for-12 on free-position shots.
SCOUTING THE LYONS
Mount Holyoke (3-12, 1-6 NEWMAC) has dropped four straight games after suffering a 12-9 loss at Smith on Wednesday. First-year Meryl Phair scored three times and recorded one assist, while sophomore Julianna Rankin added one goal, one assist and led the team with six ground balls and five draw controls. Kouakou (24-10-34) leads the team in goals, assists and draw controls (42), while junior Deyscha Smith (23-5-28) is first on the squad with eight free-position tallies. Senior Kaitlin Braz (18-7-25) is first in the NEWMAC with 64 ground balls and third in the league with 37 caused turnovers. Sophomore Mia Wysocki has posted a 12.82 goals against average and a .426 save percentage in 13 starts this spring.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC) is looking to extend its winning streak to three after defeating Wheaton, 16-5, on Wednesday night. Harrigan and junior Lexi Lenaghan both had five goals and classmate Riley Buonagurio finished with two goals, three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Beavers. Lenaghan (50-26-76) is second in the NEWMAC in points, junior Taylor Thorbahn (22-22-44) is sixth in the league in assists, and Harrigan (29-7-36) is fourth in the conference with 82 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo paces the defense with 39 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers, while first-year Cricket Fligor and sophomore Olivia Phelan have combined to post an 11.38 goals against average and a .352 save percentage.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Beavers are currently locked in a three-way tie for first place in the NEWMAC standings along with Springfield and MIT. Should the teams all win on Saturday it would force a coin flip to determine the seeds for next week's conference championship.
Saturday's contest will be the final home game for Giroux, Harrigan, O'Halloran and senior Jacki Merrigan. The quartet has helped the program win 41 games, the most by a Babson senior class since 2012, in addition to capturing the 2016 NEWMAC regular season title and the 2017 conference tournament championship in addition to reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 last spring.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have scored at least 16 goals in eight of their nine victories this season.