LEWISTON, Maine—Junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) scored a season-high six goals but Babson College was unable to recover from an early deficit in an 18-10 loss at Bates College in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Tuesday evening at Garcelon Field.
Babson, which has dropped two straight games, slips to 2-2 overall, while Bates improves to 3-1 on the year.
Sophomore Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) finished with a goal and two assists, while senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) and juniors Olivia McCahan (Providence, R.I.) and Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) all scored once for the Beavers. Sophomore Maria Bravo (Windermere, Fla.) scooped up a game-high six ground balls and first-years Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) and Isabelle Lent (Madison, Conn.) both secured four draw controls. Classmate Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) made five saves over the final 51-plus minutes in the loss.
Junior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) and senior Teal Otley (Cumberland, Maine) each scored four times and Annie Duke contributed two goals and four assists for the Bobcats. Classmate Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) led all players with eight draw controls, while sophomore Caroline Kerrigan (Falls Church, Va.) finished with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) turned away six shots in the game.
Otley and Allard both scored twice as Bates built a 6-0 lead just over four minutes into the contest. The Bobcats pushed their advantage to 9-1 at the 18:47 mark, but Lenaghan scored four times over the final 13:57 of the period to get the Green and White within 10-6 at the break.
The Beavers' deficit was still four after Harrigan's goal with 13:23 remaining, but the Bobcats scored six of the final eight goals to pull away over the final 12 minutes. Allard followed a free-position tally by Lenaghan to make it 15-9 with 7:56 left, while a goal by Duke and two straight by Otley extended the Bates lead to 18-9 with 1:39 to go.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson travels to Endicott, while Bates hosts nationally-ranked Wesleyan.
• The Beavers are 6-18 all-time against Bates and have dropped five straight games in the series going back to 2013.
• Babson, which entered the contest converting 54.5 percent of hits free-position shots, scored on just one of three chances in the loss.
• Lenaghan has now finished with at least six points in three of the first four games this season.