Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 12 Wesleyan

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 12 Wesleyan

Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 12 Wesleyan
Tuesday, March 20—10 a.m.
Port Charlotte HS—Port Charlotte, Fla.

Babson and Wesleyan will meet for the 14th time on Tuesday morning in a series that dates back to 1994. The Beavers are 6-7 all-time and have dropped three straight against the Cardinals.

Babson was held to just one goal over the first 40 minutes of the game and suffered a 12-4 loss at Wesleyan on March 25, 2017. Sophomore Taylor Herrmann finished with a goal and an assist to go along with two ground balls for the Beavers. Meredith Smith, Liana Mathias and sophomore Abby Manning all finished with three goals and one assist to lead the Cardinals.

Rachel Secrist '15 scored four goals and Misha Beatty '14 added three goals and a pair of assists as the Beavers picked up a 14-9 victory over visiting Wesleyan afternoon on March 30, 2013, at MacDowell Field. Jameson Spang '13 scored three times, while Taylor Kralovenec '13 chipped in with two goals and an assist for Babson. Kayla Ellman led all scorers for the Cardinals with four goals, three of which came in the second half.

No. 12 Wesleyan (4-1) fell to then-fourth-ranked Middlebury, 13-1, on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Abby Manning scored the lone goal with a free-position shot and classmate Allegra Grant made 10 saves for the Cardinals, who committed a season-high 32 turnovers. Manning (8-8-16) has pulled in a team-high 12 draw controls, junior Caitlin Wood (7-1-8) is second on the team in scoring, and classmate Abigail Horst (6-1-7) has contributed 15 ground balls, 10 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers. Grant has posted an 8.35 goals against average and a .563 save percentage in five starts.

Babson (3-3) is looking to continue its momentum after blowing past the University of New England 21-9 on Thursday afternoon. Junior Lexi Lenaghan finished with six goals and four assists, while classmate Taylor Thorbahn added four goals and three assists for the Beavers, who outscored the Nor'easters 10-1 in the second half. Lenaghan (24-12-36) ranks 30th in Division III in points per game, Thorbahn (8-6-14) has 11 points over the last two games, and senior Julia Harrigan (9-3-12) leads the squad with 29 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo has picked up 16 ground balls to go along with five caused turnovers, while the duo of first-year Cricket Fligor and sophomore Olivia Phelan have posted a 12.00 goals against average and a .351 save percentage.

Lenaghan was selected as the league's offensive player of the week on Monday after putting up a career-high 10 points in Thursday's win over UNE. She has now scored four or more goals four times and finished with at least six points in five of six outings this spring.

The Green and White held a 22-9 edge in draw controls against UNE, which included winning 15-of-20 in the first half. Harrigan led all players with nine, while first-year Isabelle Lent recorded a career-high eight for the Beavers.

Babson will play its first game in Florida since 2016 on Tuesday at Port Charlotte HS. The Green and White went 2-1 in three games at the NTC Complex in Clermont two years ago.

The Beavers have won their last seven games when putting at least 20 shots on goal.