Lenaghan Named NEWMAC Player of the Year, Williams Garners Co-Defensive Player of the Year Honors, and Smith Named Coach of the Year
WESTWOOD, Mass.—Following its second consecutive regular season conference title, seven members of the Babson College women's lacrosse program were honored when the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) released its postseason awards on Thursday afternoon.
Highlighting the awards were senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) being selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Year, classmate Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) being tabbed as the league's defensive co-player of the year, and Michelle Smith earning coach of the year accolades. Additionally, sophomores Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J), Isabelle Lent (Madison, Conn.) and Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) were all named to the first team, while junior Maria Bravo (Windermere, Fla.) collected all-conference second-team recognition.
Smith was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the second time in her career and first time since 2016 after leading the Beavers to an unbeaten regular season in league play. The Green and White ranked first in scoring, ground balls and draw controls, and second in goals against average while posting the program's highest goals per game average (15.00) since 2012.
Babson's first conference player of the year since 2016, Lenaghan garnered All-NEWMAC first-team honors for the second year in a row after putting up the top offensive season in school history. She started all 19 games and finished with school records of 86 goals and 119 points to go along with 32 assists. She ranks seventh in Division III in points and 10th in assists, and also set a single-season program record by averaging 6.21 points per game.
Despite playing just 38 games after transferring from Hoftstra, Lenaghan ranks is tied for fifth on the Beavers' career list in assists (66), ranks sixth in points (220) and 10th in goals (154).
Williams, who is the third Babson player in four years to earn NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, was named to the first team for the second straight campaign after scooping up 24 ground balls and leading the team with 14 caused turnovers. A three-year starter, she concluded her career with 78 ground balls and 45 caused turnovers while helping the Green and White led the conference in both goals against average and clearing percentage this spring.
Lent, McGuire and Salvatore all landed on the All-NEWMAC first team for the first time following strong sophomore campaigns. McGuire set new career highs in goals (26) and ground balls (25), and also finished second in the league with a career-best 90 draw controls, while Lent was third in the conference with 80 draws to go along with a career-high 32 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers in 19 starts.
Salvatore put together one of the best offensive years in school history netting 57 goals and dishing out 30 assists to finish with 87 points, which is good for fourth on Babson's single-season list.
The 2018 NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year, Bravo garnered a second-team nod this spring after starting 17 of 18 contests and producing 29 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Twice in league play she picked up five ground balls, and recorded two caused on three occasions during the season.
Along with the program's all-confrence honors, senior Christine Regan (Osterville, Mass.) was named to the NEWMAC Sportsmanship team.
Babson, which suffered an 11-10 setback to Springfield last Saturday, finished the year at 13-6 overall after advancing to its fourth straight NEWMAC Tournament final.