AMHERST, Mass. - No. 11 Amherst College had 10 different players recorded a goal and defeated visiting Babson College 21-10 in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at Pratt Field.
With the loss, Babson falls to 9-5, while Amherst moves to 9-4.
Senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) finished with four goals and an assist, sophomore Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) found the back of the net three times and recorded a team-high three assists, and junior Sarah DeLucia (Guilford, Conn.) caused three turnovers to go along with one ground ball for the Beavers. Sophomore Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) won six draw controls and classmate Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) made six saves in the loss.
Junior Hannah Fox (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) scored a game-high five goals to go along with an assist, sophomore Maia Noyes (Lexington, Mass.) recorded three goals and two assists, and the trio of sophomore Isabelle Sennett (Wilmette, Ill.), classmate Claire Dunbar (Lutherville, Md.) and first-year Marina Bevacqua (Sudbury, Mass.) recorded two goals apiece for the Mammoths. Fox and Noyes both won seven draw-controls and junior goalkeeper Talia Land (Larchmont, N.Y) made nine stops to get the win.
The Beavers got off to a 3-1 lead just over eight minutes into the half as first-year Coco Creedon (McKinney, Texas), Lenaghan and Salvatore each found the back of the net. Amherst recorded back-to-back goals to tie the game, but Salvatore responded 30 seconds later to help Babson regain a 4-3 lead with 17:16 to go until halftime. The Mammoths fired off four goals to over the next four minutes to take a 7-4 lead with 13:38 left in the stanza before McGuire, off an assist from Salvatore, recorded a goal of her own to bring the Beavers within two with 11:46 remaining in the stanza.
Amherst went on a seven-goal run to extend its margin to 14-5 with 3:39 left in the half, but the duo of Lenaghan and Salvatore both scored late in the period to cut the Beavers' deficit to 15-7 at the break.
Dunbar started off the second half by finding the back of the net to spark a 5-1 run for the Mammoths, pushing their advantage to 20-8 with 11:57 left in regulation. Lenaghan scored twice in less than three minutes to pull the Green and White within 20-10 at the 6:48 mark before Fox put away her fifth goal of the night for the hosts with 2:03 to play.
The Mammoths held an advantage in draw controls, 19-14, while both teams were 2-of-4 on free position shots.
Both teams return to action Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson hosts Emerson, while Amherst hosts Bates.
• The Beavers are 1-6 all-time against Amherst in a series that dates back to 2007
• Salvatore surpassed the 100 career points mark and extended her scoring streak to 14 games on the year.
• With five points in the loss, Lenaghan is up to 81 on the year joining Anna Collins '10 as the only two players in program history to surpass 80 points in back-to-back seasons.