Women's Lacrosse Overwhelms Coast Guard, 14-1

Women's Lacrosse Overwhelms Coast Guard, 14-1

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) scored four times and junior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) matched her career high with six assists to help visiting Babson College defeat the Coast Guard Academy, 14-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Cadet Memorial Field.

With its sixth consecutive win, Babson is now 9-4 overall and 6-0 in conference play, while Coast Guard falls to 3-12 overall and 0-7 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomore Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) finished with two goals and one assist, while junior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored twice for the Beavers. Giovanucci and senior Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) tied for game-high honors with three draw controls, and junior Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.) led all players with three ground balls and three caused turnovers in the win.

The Green and White quickly took control of the game with eight goals in just over 13 minutes of action. Giovanucci and senior Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) scored less than a minute apart to make it 2-0 at the 24:22 mark, while Williams recorded back-to-back tallies in the span of 49 seconds to double the advantage with just under eight minutes gone.

O'Halloran scored at the 20:38 mark and then set up the next four goals as the Beavers extended their lead 9-0 with 13:12 to left in the opening half. Giovanucci and Harrigan both scored before halftime and first-year Catherine Collins (Barrington, R.I.) struck for the first tally of her career just 1:31 into the second half to make it a 12-goal game.

First-years Olivia Remley (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) also scored in the second half for Babson. First-year Abigail Bradford (Bowie, Md.) got the Bears on the board with a free-position shot with 8:18 remaining in the contest.

First-year Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) and senior Stevie Burger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) combined to make one save for the Beavers, while senior Hannah Delguercio (Edgerton, Wis.) stopped six shots for Coast Guard.

The Green and White finished with a 13-4 edge in draw controls and a 16-9 advantage in ground balls.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson visits Springfield, while Coast Guard wraps up its regular season at Smith.

•    The Beavers are 3-0 all-time against Coast Guard and have allowed just one goal over the last two contests.
•    O'Halloran is now fourth in program history with 65 career assists, and her 29 assists this season are just two shy of her career high set last year.
•    Babson, which has now won 14 straight regular season games against NEWMAC foes going back to last season, has outscored opponents 84-30 in conference play.