BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) scored four times as Babson College built a six-goal first-half lead on its way to defeating visiting Springfield College, 14-10, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With its fourth straight win, Babson improves to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in league play, while Springfield drops to 3-6 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC with its sixth consecutive loss.
Sophomore Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) scored three times, classmate Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) added two goals and five draw controls, and junior Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) had two goals, one assist and four ground balls for the Beavers. Sophomore Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) finished with 10 saves in the win.
First-year Katie Martel (Hartland, Conn.) scored four goals and sophomore Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) contributed two goals, three assists, three ground balls and two caused turnovers to lead the Pride. Classmate Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) also scored twice and won three draws, while junior Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) stopped eight shots in the loss.
The Green and White got two goals from Lenaghan and tallies by Quinlan, McGuire, senior Olivia McCahan (Providence, R.I.) and first-year Coco Creedon (McKinney, Texas) to build a 6-0 advantage with 9:38 to go in the opening half. Springfield scored cut its deficit to 7-2 at the break, but Salvatore and Lenaghan both tallied over the first 3:34 of the second to help the Beavers match their biggest lead of the afternoon at 9-3.
Martel scored three times for the Pride during a four-goal run that trimmed Babson's lead to 9-7 with 17:29 remaining. Fligor responded with two huge saves to turn the momentum, the second coming on a free-position chance by Springfield senior Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), and Salvatore and senior Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) scored 36 seconds apart to extend the Beavers lead back to 11-7 with 11:57 to play.
The Pride got within two again after goals by Nusbaum and Martel with just under 8:00 to go, but Salvatore and Quinlan answered with back-to-back tallies to push the margin back to four with 4:25 left.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it visits Smith at 12 p.m., while Springfield hosts Westfield State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 19-17 all-time against Springfield and have won the last four meetings between the programs.
• Prior to Saturday, six of the last eight games between Babson and the Pride had been decided by two goals or less.
• With four goals on Saturday Lenaghan is now 15th in program history with 110 tallies for her career.
• Fligor has made at least 10 saves in each of her three career starts against Springfield.