Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Mount Holyoke

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Mount Holyoke

Women's Lacrosse at Mount Holyoke
Saturday, April 27 | 12 p.m.
MHC Turf Field | South Hadley, Mass

THE SERIES
• Babson and Mount Holyoke will meet for the 35th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1989. The Beavers are 21-13 all-time against the Lyons and have won 14 of the last 15 matchups between the teams going back to 2004.

LAST MEETING
• Lyndsay Giroux '18 and senior Lexi Lenaghan combined for eight goals and five assists as Babson defeated visiting Mount Holyoke, 19-5, on April 28, 2018, at MacDowell Field.
• Lenaghan had four goals and three assists, while Giroux scored four times and dished out a pair of helpers for the Beavers. Julia Harrigan '18 and sophomore Sara O'Connor also scored two goals apiece in the win. Senior Deyscha Smith had two goals and one assist to lead the Lyons.

LAST MOUNT HOLYOKE WIN
• Molly MacDonald had a game-high three goals and Liz Malenfant made 16 saves as the Lyons defeated the Beavers, 9-7, on April 20, 2013, in Babson Park, Mass.
• Kayla Farina '16 scored twice and Misha Beatty '14 had a goal and two assists for the Beavers, who were just 2-for-12 on free-position shots.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Mount Holyoke (7-8, 2-5 NEWMAC) has dropped three straight games after suffering a 8-6 loss at Smith on Wednesday.
• First-year Abby Baldwin scored three goals and recorded one assist, while junior Julianna Rankin had a pair of goals and two assists for the Lyons, who were eliminated from NEWMAC playoff contention with the loss.
• Baldwin (58-11-69) is third in the league in goals, and leads the team with 70 draw controls and 44 ground balls, while Smith (26-16-42) first-year Caroline Flynn (33-13-46) were both held without a point for the first time this season in Wednesday loss to Smith.
• Junior Mia Wysocki has posted an 11.83 goals against average and a .451 save percentage, which ranks second in the league, in 15 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (11-5, 7-0 NEWMAC) has won four of its last five games after beating Wheaton 18-14 on Wednesday afternoon on MacDowell Field.
• Sophomore Georgia Salvatore recorded six goals and four assists for 10 points and junior Taylor Hermann added two goals and three assists for the Beavers, who built a 16-6 lead less than 11 minutes into the second half.
• Lenaghan (71-23-94) ranks 14th in Division III in points, Salvatore (47-27-74) is fourth in the conference in points, and junior Valerie Quinlan (14-16-30) is third on the team with 48 draw controls.
• Sophomore Isabelle Lent leads the Green and White with 28 ground balls and 69 draws, while classmate Cricket Fligor ranks third among league goalkeepers in goals against average (10.38), fourth in total saves (114), and fifth in save percentage (.407) in her 16 starts.

TITLE TOWN
• The Green and White clinched at least a share of its second straight NEWMAC regular season title with Wednesday's victory over Wheaton.
• Winners of 13 straight games against league foes, the Beavers can complete their first unbeaten season in conference play since 2016 with a win on Saturday.

ASSAULT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
• Lenaghan is up to 94 points on the season, which is now just eight shy of her single-season record of 102 achieved last season. She also needs just four more goals to match the record of Anna Collins '10 set back in 2009.
• With her 10-point day on Wednesday, Salvatore is now tied for sixth on the Beavers' single-season points list. She also passed Misha Beatty '14, who put up 73 in 2012, for the most points by a sophomore in Babson history.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers lead the conference and rank 25th in Division III averaging 16.00 draw controls per game.