Women's Lacrosse Hangs on to Edge Wellesley, 9-8

Women's Lacrosse Hangs on to Edge Wellesley, 9-8

O'Halloran Reaches 100 Career Points as Beavers Stay Undefeated in NEWMAC Play

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) scored three times and reached 100 points for her career as Babson College held off visiting Wellesley College, 9-8, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its fourth straight win, Babson is now 7-4 overall and 4-0 in conference play, while Wellesley slips to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC.

Six different players had a goal for the Beavers, who got six ground balls and five caused turnovers from senior Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.). Sophomore Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Mass.) added four caused turnovers and junior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) finished with a team-high five draw controls.

Sophomore Olivia Strobol (Stafford, Va.) scored two goals and dished out two assists to lead the Blue. Senior Nikki Sharkin (Summit, N.J.) chipped in with a pair of markers, while classmate Wendy Nettleton (La Jolla, Calif.) turned away 12 shots in the loss.

O'Halloran scored twice in the first 90 seconds of the contest and notched her third goal of the game to give the Green and White a 4-2 lead with 6:55 to go in the opening half. Senior Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) extended the margin to 5-2 with her sixth tally of the year just 2:16 before the break, and the Beavers got goals from senior Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) and sophomores Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) and Riley Bonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) to build an 8-3 edge, their largest of the game, less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Sophomore Lena Engbretson (Beaverton, Ore.) and senior Courtney Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn.) converted back-to-back free-position chances to cut the Wellesley deficit to 8-5 with 12:26 left. Babson junior Lyndsay Giroux (Westwood, Mass.) pushed the lead back to four with 8:43 remaining, but the Blue scored three times over the final 3:18 to pull within one on Sharkin's tally with 21 seconds to go.

Wellesley forced a turnover after losing the ensuing draw, but was unable to get a potential game-tying shot off.

First-year Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) made three saves for Babson, which finished with a 32-13 edge in shots. The Beavers also held the edge in ground balls (23-18) and draw controls (10-9).

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Smith at 12 p.m., while Wellesley takes on Coast Guard at 1 p.m.

•    The Beavers are 19-21 all-time against Wellesley, but have won 13 of the last 15 meetings between the squads.
•    O'Halloran's 100th career point came on her 58th career assist, which tied her with Anna Collins '10 for fifth on the program's all-time list.
•    Babson has won 12 consecutive NEWMAC regular season games and its last 12 contests in the month of April.
•    The Beavers are 2-2 this season in games decided by a single goal, three of which have ended with a 9-8 final score.