Senior Attacker Sets Single-Game School Record with 12-Goal Outburst
NORTON, Mass.—Senior Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) scored a school-record 12 goals as visiting Babson College rolled past Wheaton College, 18-8, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Nordin Field.
With its third straight win, Babson is now 6-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while Wheaton falls to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.
Bresnahan's 12 goals are the most by a Division III player this season and tied for the sixth most in Division III history. Fellow senior Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) added a season-high five tallies to go along with four draw controls, junior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) matched her career high with six assists, and senior Christine Gill (Hingham, Mass.) scooped up a career-best six ground balls for the Beavers.
Junior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) led all players with six draw controls, while sophomore Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) also contributed three caused turnovers in the win.
First-year Molly Covarrubias (Framingham, Mass.) scored four times and senior Hannah Gasperoni (Hampton, N.H.) contributed three goals and one assist for the Lyons.
Wheaton jumped out to a 2-1 lead less than eight minutes into the contest before Bresnahan scored four of Babson's next five goals to give the visitors a 6-3 edge late in the first half. The Lyons cut their deficit to just one on tallies by Covarrubias and Gasperoni in the final 68 seconds of the stanza, but Bresnahan scored four times in the first 6:24 of the second half to extend the Beavers' margin to 10-5.
Giovanucci converted assists from O'Halloran on consecutive goals just 1:07 apart, and Bresnahan scored her 10th goal of the game to make it 13-6 at the 18:08 mark. Bresnahan notched her final marker of the day with 5:46 left and sophomore Olivia McCahan (Providence, R.I.) set up Giovanucci twice over the final four-plus minutes as the Green and White outscored Wheaton 12-3 in the second half.
First-year Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) matched her career high eight saves for Babson, seven of which came in the first half. Junior Molly Witten (Bethesda, Md.) and classmate Galicia Rothe (Key Biscayne, Fla.) combined to stop six shots for the Lyons.
The Beavers finished with a slim edge in draw controls (15-13) and ground balls (23-22), and converted 10-of-16 clears.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Wellesley at 4 p.m., while Wheaton takes on nationally-ranked Bowdoin on Sunday at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are 22-16 all-time against the Lyons and have won two straight in the series.
• Babson has now won 11 consecutive regular season games against NEWMAC foes.
• The Beavers' 18 goals are a season high and the most they've scored since putting up 20 on Smith on April 11, 2015.
• Babson dished out 15 assists in Saturday's win, marking the first time it has recorded 10 or more assists since a 16-12 win against Springfield on April 5, 2014.