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NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Springfield

NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Springfield

NEWMAC Tournament Final
Women's Lacrosse vs. Springfield
Saturday, May 4 | 1 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 37th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1997. The Beavers are 19-17 all-time against the Pride.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Lexi Lenaghan scored four times as Babson built a six-goal first-half lead on its way to defeating Springfield, 14-10, on March 30 in Babson Park.
• Sophomore Georgia Salvatore scored three times, classmate Juliana McGuire added two goals and five draw controls for the Beavers. First-year Katie Martel scored four goals and sophomore Kate Sarnacki contributed two goals, three assists, three ground balls and two caused turnovers to lead the Pride.

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Shelby Corsano 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.
• Ann 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
• Third-seeded Springfield (12-6) extended its winning streak to nine and advanced to the NEWMAC Tournament final by defeating second-seeded MIT, 14-13, in OT on Thursday evening.
• Sophomore Taylor Pichel tied the game with 18 seconds to go in regulation and Martel notched her fifth goal of the game 1:41 into the extra session for the Pride, which also got four goals from Sarnacki.
• Sarnacki (58-26-84) ranks third in the league in points and fourth in goals, Pichel (39-11-50) has produced three straight multi-goal games, and Martel (39-6-45) is averaging 3.0 goals per game over her last seven outings.
• Senior Taylor Kane leads the NEWMAC with 102 draws, classmate Andie Stone ranks third in the conference in both ground balls (46) and caused turnovers (36), and junior Brenna Keefe has posted a 9.39 goals against average and a .404 save percentage in 18 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Top-seeded Babson (13-5) advanced to its fourth straight NEWMAC Tournament final with an 18-4 rout of fifth-seeded Wheaton on Thursday afternoon.
• Lenaghan scored five times and McGuire contributed three goals 10 draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Beavers, who got eight saves from sophomore Cricket Fligor.
• Lenaghan (84-30-114) is ninth in Division III in scoring, Salvatore (54-30-84) is tied for third in the NEWMAC in scoring, and junior Valerie Quinlan (16-19-35) is third on the team with 60 draw controls.
• McGuire (26-3-29) ranks second in the conference with 85 draws, senior Mairead Williams has caused a team-high 13 turnovers, and Fligor has posted a 9.94 goals against average and a .415 save percentage in 18 starts.

CHANCE TO DANCE
• The Green and White, which has reached the NEWMAC final for the 12th time in 13 seasons going back to 2007, is looking to become the first program to capture three straight conference titles and punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament since it won five in a row between 2007-11.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
• Lenaghan is in the midst of the greatest offensive season in the history of the program having already set new records for goals (84) and points (114). Additionally, her 4.67 goals per game and 6.43 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 and now ranks eighth all-time with 216.

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 14th in Division III in draw controls per game (16.61), and McGuire (85), sophomore Isabelle Lent (76) and Quinlan (60) all rank in the top eight in the NEWMAC in draws.

CALLING ON CRICKET
• Fligor has made at least 10 saves seven times in her career, which includes all three starts against Springfield.
• In the Beavers' March 30 win over the Pride she stopped 10 shots and made two huge stops midway through the second half to turn the momentum after seeing a 6-0 lead cut to 9-7.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are converting a league-best 46.6 percent of its free-position shots and have scored at least one free-position goal in 28 straight games.

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