Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Plymouth State

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Plymouth State

Women's Lacrosse vs. Plymouth State
Wednesday, February 28—4 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Plymouth State will meet for the 15th time on Wednesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1991. The Beavers are 9-5 all-time against the Panthers and have won four out of the last five matchups going back to 2006.

Amy MacDonald '15 scored the go-ahead goal with 3:56 left in regulation and goalkeeper Lorin Field '14 made 10 saves to help Plymouth State rally past Babson, 9-7, on April 1, 2014, at MacDowell Field. Rachel Secrist '15 had a game-high four goals to go along with four groundballs and two draw controls for the Beavers. Delaney Carroll '17 had four groundballs and McKenzie Tucci '16 had three draw controls in the loss.

Anna Collins '10 midfielder scored seven goals and added one assist as Babson defeated Plymouth State, 22-3, on March 6, 2009, at MacDowell Field. Kaitlyn Pettengill '10 scored four goals and had one assist and Trisha Babson '12 tallied three goals and four assists for the Beavers, who got goals from 10 different players. Taylor Cambal, Brianna Davis and Nicole Grover each tallied a goal for the Panthers.

Plymouth State (0-0) returns 22 players from a team that finished 11-4 and won the Little East Conference Tournament championship last spring. Seniors Megan Tingley (29-40-69) and Sam Sullivan (53-8-61) ranked first and second on the squad in scoring and earned All-LEC first-team honors, while junior Kimmie Zuccaro (21-6-27) led the Panthers with 39 ground balls and 16 draw controls. Sophomore Sarah Jackes is the lone returning starter on defense for Plymouth State, which will look to senior Clarissa Foote and sophomore Emilee Wargo in goal. The Panthers collected six first-place votes and finished atop the LEC preseason coaches' poll.

Babson (1-0) is looking to looking to keep the momentum after a 18-5 victory against Bridgewater State in its season opener on Saturday. Junior Lexi Lenaghan kicked off the season with three goals and four assists, and led all players with five draw controls. Seniors Lyndsay Giroux and Julia Harrigan both scored three times, and sophomore Olivia Remley added two goals for the Beavers, who led 13-3 at the half. Classmate Olivia Phelan, who posted a 7.79 goals against average and a .401 save percentage in 17 games last year, made six saves in 46 minutes in the opener. The Green and White returns seven starters and 20 players in all from a team that went 14-6 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

The Beavers got goals from 10 different players and had 11 individuals record at least one point in Saturday's win at Bridgewater State. Five players had at least two goals, while Lenaghan and sophomore Taylor Herrman combined to dish out seven assists against the Bears.

Harrigan now has nine goals and three assists for 12 points over her last five games, and fellow senior Charlotte O'Halloran, who did not play in the opener, has recorded point in each of her last 13 outings going back to April 2 of last year.

Junior Olivia Martino and sophomore Sarah DeLucia were among six players making the first start of their careers on Saturday. First-years Georgia Salvatore, Sara O'Connor and Isabelle Lent were all on the field for the opening draw of their collegiate debuts, while Lenaghan started in her Babson debut after transferring from Division I Hofstra.

The Beavers went 7-1 at home last season and have won 12 of their last 14 outings at MacDowell Field going back to April 2016.