BABSON PARK, Mass.—Highlighted by sophomore Maria Bravo's (Windermere, Fla.) selection as the co-defensive player of the year, the Babson College women's lacrosse team had four players named to the All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) first team on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) earned all-conference recognition for the fourth consecutive season, while Bravo and juniors Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) and Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) were all honored for the first time.
A starter in all 19 games, Bravo finished first on the team career highs of 46 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers for a Babson defense that allowed just 8.10 goals in 10 games against league foes. She scooped up three or more ground balls in eight games, registered multiple caused turnovers in six outings and helped the Beavers to an 84 percent success rate on clearing opportunities.
Harrigan produced career highs in goals (38), assists (8), points (46) and draw controls (94) while starting all 19 games in the midfield for the Beavers. The NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, she ranks third in the league in draw controls and contributed 14 goals over the teams' final four contests. Harrigan also connected on 17-of-24 free-position shots this spring.
A four-year starter for the Green and White, Harrigan ranks second in program history with 291 draw controls to go along with 92 goals and 18 assists for 110 points.
Lenaghan has put together one of the most impressive offensive seasons in program history in her first season with the program recording 62 goals and 32 assists for a single-season record 94 points. She ranks second in the NEWMAC in both goals and points, is fourth in assists, and her 5.53 points per game average is the highest for any Babson player in a single campaign.
Lenaghan, who also contributed 22 draw controls this spring, is the only player in school history to register more than 60 goals and 30 assists in the same season.
Williams, who has taken on a more defensive role this spring, has started 15 of 19 contests finishing with a career-highs of 33 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. She has picked up at least three ground balls in six games and had at least one caused turnover in eight of the Beavers' 10 outings against league foes. Williams has been at her best late in the year contributing 18 ground balls and forcing 13 turnovers over the last six games.
In addition to their four all-conference honorees, senior Lyndsay Giroux (Westwood, Mass.) was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship team. A starter in 14 of 16 games at attack she has contributed career highs fo 23 goals and 12 assists for 35 points.
Babson (12-7) won its second consecutive NEWMAC Tournament championship on Sunday and will take on Castleton University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the campus of Middlebury College.