Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Endicott

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Endicott

Women's Lacrosse at Endicott
Saturday, March 10—12 p.m.
Hempstead Stadium—Beverly, Mass.

Babson and Endicott will meet for the 14th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2004. The Beavers are 10-3 all-time against the Gulls and have won each of the last two matchups.

Francesca Giovanucci '17 led all players with four goals and senior Charlotte O'Halloran finished with two assists to become the program's single-season leader as Babson College defeated Endicott College, 11-10, on April 29th, 2017 at MacDowell Field. Emily Bresnahan '17 scored three times and Katie McKenna '17, who notched the game-winning goal, won three draws. Emily Whitney and sophomores Jennifer Lacroix and Meghan Dutchyshyn all scored three times for the Gulls.

Ellie Clayman '15 scored a game-high three goals and the Gulls built a six-goal second-half lead before holding on for a 9-7 victory over Babson on March 19, 2015, at MacDowell Field. Kristen Thor and Emily Cutting each scored twice for the Gulls, while Siri Mason led all players with two assists and four draw controls. Christine Gill '17 and senior Julia Harrigan both had two goals for the Beavers.

Endicott (2-0) is looking to continue its momentum following an 18-2 victory over Emerson last Saturday. Lacroix led all players with seven goals and four draw controls, while junior Ali Campbell and sophomore Alex Fitzgerald both registered hat tricks for the Gulls, who built an 8-0 lead less than 14 minutes into the contest. Lacroix (9-0-9) leads the squad with 10 draw controls, Campbell (4-4-8) is first on the team in assists, and junior Jackie Healy (4-3-7) leads all players with five ground balls. Senior Erin McCarthy (2-2-4) has four caused turnovers, while junior goalkeeper Bella Rino has posted a 4.00 goals against average and a .400 save percentage in two starts.

Babson (2-2) has dropped two straight games after suffering an 18-10 loss at Bates on Tuesday. Junior Lexi Lenaghan scored a season-high six goals and sophomore Maria Bravo scooped up a career-high six ground balls for the Beavers, who were unable to recover from an early 9-1 deficit. Lenaghan (14-6-20) ranks second in the NEWMAC in scoring and is second on the team with 12 draw controls, while Harrigan (8-1-9) has six free-position goals to go along with a team-high 14 draw controls. Bravo paces the defense with 10 ground balls and five caused turnovers, and the duo of sophomore Oliva Phelan and first-year Cricket Fligor have combined to post a 13.00 goals against average and a .350 save percentage.

In its two victories this season, the Green and White has outscored its foes 35-14 while control 66.7 percent (34-of-51) of the draws. The Beavers have also connected on 11-of-17 free-position shots and held they opponents to just 7.00 goals per game in their two wins.

With six goals on Tuesday at Bates, Lenaghan became just the fourth Babson player since 2014 to record six or more goals in a game. Bresnahan registered a school-record 12 goals last season against Wheaton, Rachel Secrist '15 scored six times in 2015 win over Emerson, and Misha Beatty '14 finished with six markers in a 2014 loss to William Smith.

Five of the last eight games between the Beavers and Endicott have been decided by two goals or less.