BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Caz Szwajkowski (Rye, N.Y.) and first-year Emily Hirsch (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) both scored five goals as visiting Skidmore College defeated Babson College, 20-4, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the loss, Babson drops to 2-1 while Skidmore improves to 2-0.
Seniors Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) and Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) and juniors Lexi Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) and Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) all scored once for the Beavers. Sophomore Maria Bravo (Windermere, Fla.) scooped up a team-high three ground balls, while the duo of sophomore Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) and first-year Caorlyn Fligor (Weston, Mass.) combined to make five saves in the loss.
Junior Natalie LeBeau (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) finished with three goals and two assists for the Thoroughbreds. Hirsch led all players with six draw controls and three caused turnovers to go along with three ground balls. Sophomore goalkeepers Caroline Kenlon (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Nicki Eckert (Glen Ridge, N.J.) combined to make six saves on the afternoon.
Skidmore took control of the game from the opening draw as Szwajkowski and Hirsch each scored twice to build a 4-0 lead just 3:24 into the contest. Harrigan got the Green and White on the board with a free-position strike at the 26:07 only to see the Thoroughbreds respond with an 11-goal run that pushed their advantage to 15-1 with under five minutes to go in the opening stanza.
Buonagurio converted a feed from first-year Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) with 1:09 to go in the first half. Lenaghan notched her team-leading eighth goal of the season in transition just over six minutes into the second, and O'Halloran collected her second tally of the year with 4:58 to go in the game for the Beavers.
Skidmore outshot Babson 21-4 in the first half and won 11-of-17 draws in the opening period. Both teams finished the game with 14 turnovers.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 5 p.m. as the Beavers travel to Bates, while the Thoroughbreds venture to Utica.
• Babson is now 2-3 all-time against Skidmore, and prior to Saturday the last three games had been decided by a single goal.
• The Beavers were held below five goals for just the fifth time in 58 games going back to the start of the 2015 season.
• Saturday's loss snapped Babson's seven-game home winning streak.