Rally Comes Up Short as Women's Lacrosse Suffers 10-9 Loss at Skidmore

Rally Comes Up Short as Women's Lacrosse Suffers 10-9 Loss at Skidmore

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—First-year Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) scored three times and junior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) dished out four assists, but Babson College was unable to overcome a four-goal deficit and suffered a 10-9 loss at Skidmore College in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at Wachenheim Field.

Senior Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) scored twice and sophomore Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers for the Beavers (1-1). Junior Christine Regan (Osterville, Mass.) finished with three ground balls and also recorded two caused turnovers in the loss.

Sophomores Cas Szawajkowski (Rye, N.Y.) and Anna Boogaerts (Providence, R.I.) both finished with two goals and one assist for the Thoroughbreds. Szawajkowski also contributed five ground balls and four draw controls, while senior Tyler Phillips (Marblehead, Mass.) recorded four draw controls, four ground balls and a game-high three cause turnovers.

Trailing 2-0 less than six minutes into the game, Giovanucci and senior Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals to pull even at the 18:01 mark. Skidmore (1-1) responded with a four-goal run, and then scored twice in the final 49 seconds of the first half to extend its lead to 8-4 at the break.

The Thoroughbreds took their biggest advantage of the game on senior Allison Byrne's (West Hartford, Conn.) tally to make it 9-4 with 23:02 remaining in the contest. The lead was still four with under 10 minutes to go before Babson made one last push. O'Halloran set up goals by senior Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) and junior Lyndsay Giroux (Westwood, Mass.) to cut the deficit in half with 6:55 left, and Giovanucci followed with an unassisted tally to make it 10-9 with 2:45 to play.

The Beavers had the ball twice in the final two minutes, but committed a pair of turnovers before Skidmore ran off the final 59 seconds.

First-year Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) made five second-half saves on seven shots, while senior Stevie Burger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) turned away three shots in the first half for Babson. Senior Megan Kolopsky (Amherst, N.H.) finished with 14 saves for the Thoroughbreds.

The Beavers, who were outshot 29-24, were successful on 22-of-27 clears and forced 21 turnovers, while Skidmore finished with a 13-7 edge in draw controls.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson hosts Bates at 5 p.m., while the Thoroughbreds take on Utica at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 2-2 all-time against Skidmore with each of the last three games having been decided by a single goal.
•    The 10 goals allowed on Sunday are the most Babson has given up since an 11-10 win over Emerson on April 6, 2016 – a stretch of 11 games.
•    Each of the Beavers last three losses going back to last season have come by a one-goal margin.
•    Babson has had 11 different players account for its 23 goals over the first two games of the season.

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