Women's Lacrosse Stifles Emerson, 11-5

Women's Lacrosse Stifles Emerson, 11-5

BOSTON—Senior Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) scored a season-high four goals and visiting Babson College held Emerson College scoreless for more than 49 minutes on its way to an 11-5 victory in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Rotch Field.

With its second consecutive win, Babson is now 5-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while Emerson falls to 4-6 overall and 2-1 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) finished with two goals and one assist, while junior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) scored once and dished out a pair of assists for the Beavers. Junior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) led all players with six draw controls and sophomore Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) scooped up a career-high six ground balls in the win.

Junior Tara Windsor (Palm City, Fla.) tied for game-high honors with four goals for the Lions, who got 10 saves from classmate Kristina Modica (East Moriches, N.Y.).

Windsor staked Emerson to a 2-0 lead less than nine minutes into the contest before the Green and White responded with 11 consecutive goals. Sophomore Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) buried a free-position shot and Giovanucci scored two of the Beavers' next three goals to take a 4-2 advantage with 12:30 to go in the first half.

Bresnahan and O'Halloran converted free-position chances just 41 seconds apart, and Giovanucci scored her third goal of the night to give Babson a 7-2 lead at the break.

First-year goaltender Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.), who finished with seven second-half saves, stopped four Emerson free-position shots over the first five minutes of the second half, and Giovanucci and Bresnahan scored 44 seconds apart as the Beavers pushed their lead to 9-2 with 19:42 left. Williams and sophomore Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) gave the Green and White and 11-2 edge, its biggest of the night, with 8:30 remaining before the Lions tallied three late goals for the final margin.

Senior Stevie Burger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) made one first-half save for Babson, which finished with the advantage in shots (35-19), ground balls (27-23) and draw controls (13-5). The Beavers also converted 16-of-20 clears on the night.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Beavers visit Wheaton, while Emerson travels to Coast Guard.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 3-1 all-time against Emerson.
•    Babson has won 10 straight games in the month of April, and its last 10 regular season games against NEWMAC foes.
•    The Beavers are 5-0 this season and have won their last 16 games when leading at halftime.
•    The Green and White's 35 shots against Emerson are a season high.

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