NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: Women's Lacrosse at No. 4 Middlebury

NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: Women's Lacrosse at No. 4 Middlebury

NCAA Tournament Second Round
Women's Lacrosse at No. 4 Middlebury
Sunday, May 13—1 p.m.
Kohn Field—Middlebury, Vt.

THE SERIES
Babson and Middlebury will meet for the fourth time on Sunday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2009. The Beavers are 1-2 all-time against the Panthers.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
The Beavers and Panthers will meet in the postseason for the first time on Sunday.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and seventh time overall. They reached the second round for the sixth time in program history with Saturday's win over Castleton, and also own first round victories over Trinity (2008), Farmingdale State (2009), Williams (2010) and Johnson & Wales (2017).

MIDDLEBURY IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Panthers are in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth year in a row and 24th time overall. Middlebury, which reached the regional finals last year, captured its sixth Division III national championship in 2016 and reached the Final Four in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

LAST MEETING
Stephanie Gill and Sally Ryan both scored three times and the Panthers erupted for 10 second-half goals in a 14-6 win over Babson on March 24, 2010, in Middlebury, Vt. Alyssa Hood finished with a goal and an assist for the Beavers.

LAST BABSON WIN
Anna Collins '10 scored five times and Trisha Babson contributed two goals and three assists to help the Beavers edge Middlebury, 15-13, on April 1, 2010, in Babson Park. Dana Heritage finished with four goals and one assist to lead the Panthers, who were unable to overcome an early six-goal deficit.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
No. 4 Middlebury (16-2) extended its winning streak to seven with a 13-10 win over then-13th-ranked Bowdoin in the NESCAC Tournament final last Sunday. Junior Emma McDonagh and senior Georgia Carroll combined for five goals for the Panthers, who scored four times over the final 10:01 to pull away. McDonagh (36-19-55) has converted 13-of-26 free-position attempts, first-year Kirsten Murphy (25-25-50) leads the team in assists, and Carroll (35-14-49) has produced at least one point in every game this season. Senior Hollis Perticone (27-7-34) leads the team with 117 draw controls, while junior Alex White paces the defense with 44 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Julia Keith has posted a 6.79 goals against average and a .479 save percentage in 18 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (13-7) has won five straight games and defeated Castleton, 17-4, in Saturday's NCAA Tournament First Round game. Junior Lexi Lenaghan scored four times and recorded two assists, Sophomore Valerie Quinlan scored two goals to go along with an assist and classmate Olivia Remley and first-year Sarah McCarthy found the back of the net twice. Lenaghan (66-34-100) entered the weekend ranked 35th in Division III in points, Harrigan (38-8-46) leads the team with 97 draw controls, and first-year Georgia Salvatore (27-17-45) has a goal in 12 of the last 13 contests. Sophomore Maria Bravo, who leads the Green and White with 47 ground balls, has 23 caused turnovers, while and junior Mairead Williams has 22 caused turnovers. First-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor has posted a 10.08 goals against average and a .354 save percentage in 19 games.

FOUR ON THE FIRST TEAM
The Green and White had four first-team all-conference selections as Bravo, who earned defensive co-player of the year honors, Lenaghan, Harrigan and Williams were all recognized by the conference on Tuesday. The four first teamers were the most for any team in the NEWMAC and the most for Babson since 2012.

FIRST TO 100
Lenaghan's six-point game against Castleton in Saturday's NCAA tournament First round game  allowed her to become the first player in Babson history to record 100 points in a single season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Excluding free position tallies, the Beavers have assisted on 60 percent of their goals this season.

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