Beavers Clinch NEWMAC Tournament Berth with 13th Straight Regular Season Conference Win
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Seniors Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) and Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) combined for seven goals and four assists as Babson College defeated visiting Smith College 17-4, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday at MacDowell Field.
With its fifth straight win, Babson is now 8-4 overall and 5-0 in conference play, while Smith falls to 8-6 overall and 0-5 in the NEWMAC.
Bresnahan finished with five goals and two assists for seven points, while Giovanucci scored twice and added two assists for the Beavers. Juniors Lyndsay Giroux (Westwood, Mass.) and Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) and sophomore Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) also contributed two goals apiece. Senior Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) and junior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, Mass.) both won four draw contrals in the win.
Sophomore Chloe Harris (Alexandria, Va.) scored twice for the Pioneers, who got 17 saves from junior goaltender Sarah Price (Hudson, Ohio).
The teams were locked in a tight defensive battle before the Green and White created separation by outscoring Smith 8-1 over the final 10:25 of the first half. Bresnahan, who scored twice during the run, Giroux and Giovanucci all had two first-half goals as the Beavers' built a 10-3 edge at the break on first-year Taylor Herrmann's (Mahwah, N.J.) closing minute of the period.
Babson put the game away with four goals over the first eight minutes of the second half. Williams converted a feed from first-year Catherine Collins (Barrington, R.I.), Bresnahan scored a pair of goals two minutes apart, and then set up O'Halloran to make it 14-3 at the 22:12 mark.
First-year Olivia Remley (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored her first career goal on a free-position shot with 7:46 left and junior Mallory Joyce (Harwich, Mass.) notched her first tally of the year with 29 seconds remaining.
Senior Stevie Burger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and first-year Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) combined to make three saves for the Green and White.
The Beavers finished with an 18-4 advantage in draw controls and outshot the Pioneers 37-10.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson visits Coast Guard at 7 p.m., while Smith hosts Springfield at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are 22-13 all-time against Smith and have won 17 straight meetings against the Pioneers going back to 2002.
• Babson, which has won 13 straight regular-season games against conference foes, clinched a spot in in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament with Saturday's victory.
• The Beavers attempted a season-high 16 free-position shots in Saturday's win.
• Nine different players scored at least one goal and 12 players picked up at least one point in Saturday's victory.