Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Springfield

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Springfield

Women's Lacrosse vs. Springfield
Saturday, March 30 | 12 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 36th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1997. The Beavers are 18-17 all-time against the Pride and have won the last three games between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Julia Harrigan '18 scored the go-ahead goal with 4:40 left in the second half as top-seeded Babson defeated third-seeded Springfield, 15-13, in the NEWMAC Tournament final on May 6, 2018, at MacDowell Field.
• Senior Lexi Lenaghan had four goals and one assist to set a new single-season program points record, while Harrigan and sophomore Sara O'Connor both scored three times for the Beavers. Ann Mahoney had four goals and three assists to lead all players with seven points for the Pride.

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Shelby Corsano '18 tied the game late in regulation and scored her fifth goal of the game 61 seconds into overtime as the Pride defeated Babson, 10-9, on April 22, 2017, in Springfield.
• Mahoney had four goals and Gabby Anderson made 11 saves in the win, while Francesca Giovanucci '17 scored four times for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (3-5, 0-1 NEWMAC) has lost five consecutive games and is coming off a 14-12 setback in its NEWMAC opener last Saturday.
• Sophomores Taylor Pichel and Kate Sarnacki each recorded three goals and combined for four assists, while Taylor Kane secured a game-high five draw controls for the Pride, which led by as many as four in the first half.
• Pichel (17-5-22) and Sarnacki (17-5-22) are tied for the lead in team points, senior Allie Goddard is tied for fourth in the league with 12 assists, and Kane has secured a NEWMAC-best 50 draw controls.
• Senior Andie Stone leads the defense with 24 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers, while junior Brenna Keefe is fourth in the NEWMAC with 52 saves and an 11.58 goals against average in eight starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-3, 1-0 NEWMAC) has won three straight games and is coming off of a 24-5 victory at the University of New England on Wednesday.
• Lenaghan scored a career-high 10 goals and totaled a career-best of 12 points, sophomore Georgia Salvatore scored four times, and junior Valerie Quinlan contributed two goals and three assists for the Beavers.
• Lenaghan (38-12-50) leads the conference in goals and points, Salvatore (21-9-30) has tallied 11 times over the last three games, and sophomore Juliana McGuire (11-1-12) is second on the team with 16 ground balls and 24 draw controls.
• Sophomore Isabelle Lent leads the Green and White with 40 draw controls and 17 ground balls, while classmate Cricket Fligor ranks second among NEWMAC goalies with a 9.25 goals against average and a .460 save percentage in eight starts.

HALFWAY TO 100
• Lenaghan, who has 50 points over the first eight games, is tied for 19th in Division III in goals per game (4.75) and ranks 23rd in points per game (6.25) heading into Saturday's tilt with Springfield.
• In three games since being held off the scoreboard in a loss to Wesleyan back on March 17, she has exploded for 24 goals and five assists for 29 points.

CLOSE FINISHES
• Going back to the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament final, six of the last eight games between Babson and Springfield have been decided by two goals or less.
• In addition to the their two-goal victory in last year's title game, the Beavers scored the final four goals to rally for an 11-10 win at Springfield in the regular season.

PROTECTING THE CAGE
• Fligor has made 10 or more saves six times in 28 career games, which includes both of her starts against Springfield.
• She made 11 saves in Babson's regular season win and followed it up by turning away 12 shots in the NEWMAC Tournament final last year.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers, who have averaged 16.8 goals in games against NEWMAC foes going back to the start of last year, matched their single-game program record with 24 goals on Wednesday.

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