BABSON PARK, Mass. – Sophomore Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) scored six goals and dished out four assists to match her career high with 10 points to help Babson College defeat visiting Wheaton College, 18-14, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 11-5 overall and 7-0 in league play to clinch a share of its second consecutive NEWMAC regular season title and the number one seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Wheaton slips to 6-9 overall and 4-3 in the NEWMAC with its third loss in the last four games.
Senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.), junior Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.), who recorded three assists, and sophomore Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) each found the back of the net twice, while junior Maria Bravo (Windermere, Fla.) picked up a team-high five groundballs for the Beavers. Sophomore Isabelle Lent (Madison, Conn.) and McGuire and combined to win 15 draw controls, and sophomore goalkeeper Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) stopped nine shots to earn the win.
Junior Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine) tied for game-high honors with six goals, while classmate Molly Covarrubias (Framingham, Mass.), who won seven draw controls, registered four goals for the Lyons. Sophomore Maggie Dymes (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) scored three times and classmate Jena Casman (Woodbridge, Conn.) recorded 10 saves in the loss.
Dymes struck first for Wheaton, but the Green and White answered back as the trio of senior Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.), Herrmann and Quinlan all scored to help the hosts build a 3-1 lead a little over 11 minutes into the contest. Dymes recorded her second goal of the game with 17:13 on the clock, but Babson responded by five goals by five different players to extend the margin to 8-2 on first-year Sophia McCann's (Duxbury, Mass.) tally at the 12:05 mark.
The Lyons scored the final two goals of the first half and got another tally from Covarrubias just over three minutes into the second to pull within 10-6. The momentum was short-lived however, as Babson answered with a six-goal run that included three markers by Salvatore to extend its lead to 16-6 with 19:34 to play.
Salvatore notched her sixth goal of game three and a half minutes later and senior Olivia McCahan (Providence, R.I.) picked up her third point of the afternoon to make it 18-9 with less than 10 minutes remaining. Schwartzman and Covarrubias combined to score five times over the final 8:10 for Wheaton.
The Beavers finished with a 21-13 edge in draws, while the Lyons, who went 0-of-6 on free-position chances, held a slim 38-34 advantage in shots.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson travels to Mount Holyoke, while Wheaton visits Coast Guard.
• The Beavers are 24-16 all-time against Wheaton.
• Babson has won 12 straight NEWMAC games while outscoring its opponents 209-93.