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NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Wheaton

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Wheaton

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
Women's Lacrosse vs. Wheaton
Thursday, May 2 | 4 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Wheaton will meet for the second time in nine days and 41st time overall in a series that dates back to 1987 on Thursday. The Beavers are 24-16 all-time against the Lyons and have won four straight matchups between the programs.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Babson and Wheaton have met seven times previously in the conference playoffs, most recently in 2015. The Beavers are 4-3 in the postseason against the Lyons but have suffered losses in each of the last two meetings (2015 quarterfinals, 2014 finals).

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Georgia Salvatore matched her career high with 10 points on six goals and four assists and the Beavers led by as many as 10 before settling for an 18-14 victory on April 24 in Babson Park.
• Junior Taylor Herrmann had two goals and three assists for Babson, while junior Kyra Schwartzman scored six times to lead the Lyons.

LAST WHEATON WIN
• Brooke Sabol and Jenna Tewksbury both scored three times as fourth-seeded Wheaton defeated fifth-seeded Babson, 15-11, in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on April 25, 2015, in Norton, Mass.
• Kayla Farina '16 scored four goals and dished out two assists for six points, while Francesca Giovanucci '17 scored three times for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Fifth-seeded Wheaton (7-10) is making its seventh NEWMAC semifinal appearance in nine years after snapping a three-game losing streak with an 11-9 quarterfinal win over Coast Guard on Tuesday.
• Schwartzman led all players with four goals and sophomore Jena Casman made five of her eight saves in the second half as the Lyons closed the game with a 4-1 run.
• Junior Molly Covarrubias (39-44-83) ranks second in the league in points and assists, Schwartzman (53-9-62) is averaging 3.8 goals over the last five games, and junior Lilly Callahan (36-11-47) leads the team with 12 free-position tallies.
• Junior Blake Ferretti leads the defense with 39 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers, while Casman has posted an 11.83 goals against average and a .413 save percentage in 17 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Top-seeded Babson (12-5) returns to the NEWMAC semifinals for the 15th time in 16 years and is coming off of a 20-9 win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.
• Senior Lexi Lenaghan exploded for a school-record 15 points on eight goals and seven assists for the Beavers, who went unbeaten in league play for the second time in four seasons.
• Lenaghan (79-30-109) ranks 10th in Division III in points, Salvatore (51-29-80) has put up at least six points in four consecutive games, and junior Valerie Quinlan (16-16-32) is third on the team with 56 draw controls.
• Sophomore Juliana McGuire leads the Green and White with 75 draws, senior Mairead Williams has caused a team-high 13 turnovers and sophomore Cricket Fligor has posted a 10.29 goals against average and a .405 save percentage in 17 starts.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
• Lenaghan is in the midst of the greatest offensive season in the history of the program already having set new records for goals (79) and points (109). Additionally, her 4.65 goals per game and 6.41 points per game averages are currently the best ever by a Babson player.
• Lenaghan also needed just 36 career games to become the 10th player in school history to reach 200 points.

DOMINATING THE DRAW
• The Beavers have won 20 or more draw six times this season, which includes each of their final three regular season games where they held a 65-31 advantage.
• The Green and White ranks 15th in Division III in draw controls per game (16.47), and McGuire (75), sophomore Isabelle Lent (73) and Quinlan (56) all rank in the top 10 in the NEWMAC in draws.

SEMIFINAL SUCCESS
• Babson has won its last 11 NEWMAC semifinal contests going back to 2007, and its average margin of victory in these games has been 8.91 goals.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Green and White outscored its opponents 139-60 in eight NEWMAC games this spring.

LOOKING AHEAD
• The winner of Thursday's semifinal will face either second-seeded MIT or third-seeded Springfield in the NEWMAC Tournament final on Saturday.

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