BABSON PARK, Mass. – Sophomore Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) scored a game-high four goals and the Beavers tied the game at 8-8 with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, before falling to visiting Endicott College, 10-8, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the loss, Babson falls to 2-2 on the year, while Endicott evens its record at 1-1
Sophomore Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) recorded three goals, senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) scored once and chipped in with three assists, and sophomore Isabelle Lent (Madison, Conn.) won a team-high five draw controls for the Beavers. Lenaghan, senior Christine Regan (Osterville, Mass.) and first-year Coco Creedon (McKinney, Texas) all finished with four ground balls, while eight different players registered a caused turnover in the loss.
Junior Jennifer Lacroix (Wrentham, Mass.) led seven Gull scorers with three goals and an assist, while sophomore Maya Feigenbaum (West Hartford, Conn.) and first-year Katie Wagner (Brewster, N.Y.) helped out with two assists apiece in the win.
The Green and White struck first as Lenaghan found the back of the net in the opening minute of play off a free-position shot. Junior Meghan Dutchyshyn (Cheshire, Conn.) answered back off a feed from Feigenbaum to spark a 4-1 run that gave the Gulls a two-goal lead with 9:39 remaining the opening half. Salvatore cut the Babson deficit down to one recording a goal with 2:58 left on the clock, but first-year Julia Lantieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) responded with a goal for Endicott just over 20 seconds later off a feed from sophomore Maggie Berger (Old Lyme, Conn.) to extend the margin back to 5-3.
With seven seconds left in the opening stanza, Salvatore found the back of the net to bring the Beavers within one, but the Gulls opened the second half by scoring three of the first four goals to take their biggest lead of the game, 8-5, with 16:45 left in regulation. Salvatore and McGuire combined to score three times in the span of 57 seconds to pull even at the 14:04 mark, but Berger broke the deadlock with 9:58 to play and first-year Morgan Pike (Shapleigh, Maine) tacked on an insurance tally with just under six minutes to go for the final margin.
Sophomore goalkeeper Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) finished with six saves in the loss for the Beavers, while senior Bella Rino (Northborough, Mass.) recorded nine of her 15 saves in the second half in the win for Endicott.
Babson held a 34-24 advantage in ground balls and converted 19-of-20 clears. Both teams struggled to finish free-position opportunities as the Beavers went 2-for-10, while the Gulls finished 0-for-5.
Babson returns to action when it hosts No. 12 Wesleyan on Saturday at 2 p.m., while Endicott hosts Wheaton on Monday at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 10-5 all-time against Endicott.
• Seven of the last 10 contests between the teams have been decided by two goals or less.