Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Coast Guard

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Coast Guard

Women's Lacrosse at Coast Guard
Wednesday, April 19—7 p.m.
Cadet Memorial Field—New London, Conn.


Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the third time Wednesday afternoon with the Beavers having won each of their previous two matchups against the Bears.

Senior Emily Bresnahan led all players with three goals and the Beavers recorded their first shutout since 1996 with an 18-0 victory over Coast Guard on April 20, 2016, in Babson Park. Kayla Farina '16 and juniors Lyndsay Giroux and Julia Harrigan all scored twice for Babson, which got goals from 13 different players and held the Bears to just two shots.

Coast Guard (3-11, 0-6 NEWMAC) is in the midst of a five-game losing after suffering a 14-3 setback to Wellesley on Saturday. Senior goaltender Hannah Delguercio made 15 saves and junior Niki Kirchner-Hope scored a pair of goals for the Bears, who were deadlocked at 1-1 with the Blue early in the second half. Junior Daria McKenna (18-8-26) and first-year Abigail Bradford (20-5-25) has scored a team-high eight free-position goals, first-year Abigail Bradford (20-5-25) leads the squad with 18 draw controls, and sophomore Leah Llewellyn paces the defense with 30 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. Delguerico has played every minute in goal for the Bears, posting a 11.64 goals against average and a .442 save percentage.

Babson (8-4, 5-0 NEWMAC) are tied for first in the conference standings and clinched a playoff berth with a 17-4 victory over Smith on Saturday. Bresnahan and senior Francesca Giovanucci combined for seven goals and four assists for the Beavers, who have won five straight and seven of their last night nine games. Bresnahan (33-7-40) ranks sixth in the conference in goals, while O'Halloran (14-23-37) is second in the league in assists to pace the offense. Harrigan (7-2-9) leads the Green and White and is tied for fourth in the NEWMAC with 45 draw controls, senior Delaney Carroll has been a force defensively with 30 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers, and first-year Olivia Phelan and senior Stevie Burger have combined for a 7.30 goals against average and a .429 save percentage this spring.

With two tallies and four points in Saturday's win, Giovanucci has topped 20 goals for the first time in her career and is third on the team with a career-high 24 points.

The reigning NEWMAC Player of the Year, Carroll was tabbed as the league's defensive co-player of the week after contributing seven ground balls and five caused turnovers in last week's wins over Wellesley and Smith.

The Beavers have dished out a league-best 38 assists on 70 goals over their first five NEWMAC outings.