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Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Wellesley

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Wellesley

Women's Lacrosse vs. Wellesley
Saturday, March 24—1 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Wellesley will meet for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1987. The Beavers are 20-21 all-time against the Blue but have won 14 of the last 16 matchups between the squads since 2007.

Senior Charlotte O'Halloran led all players with four goals as second-seeded Babson defeated sixth-seeded Wellesley, 14-5, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on May 6, 2017, in Springfield, Mass. Classmate Julia Harrigan and juniors Taylor Thorbahn and Olivia McCahan all scored twice in the victory. Nikki Sharkin finished with two goals and two caused turnovers for the Blue.

Chelsea Hooker and senior Nikki Sharkin each scored twice as Wellesley defeated the Beavers, 8-6, on April 8, 2015, in Babson Park. McKenzie Tucci '16 scored a pair of goals and Kayla Farina '16 dished out three assists to pace the Beavers, who never led in the game. Farina also contributed a game-high four groundballs and added two caused turnovers for the Green and White.

Wellesley (0-5, 0-0 NEWMAC) is looking for its first win after losing to Framingham State, 16-12, on Wednesday. Junior Dacia Persky scored four times and eclipsed the 100-point mark for her career, while classmate Olivia Strobel contributed three goals for the Blue, which connected on 6-of-12 free-position chances. Persky (13-3-16) leads the squad with six free-position goals, junior Lena Engbretson (6-3-9) is tied for the team lead in assists, and classmate Ellie Chalapin (5-1-6) has controlled a team-high 10 draws. Senior Jenna Mulrenan paced the defense with 15 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, while junior goalie Chloe Tucker has posted an 18.92 goals against average and a .340 save percentage in five starts.

Babson (3-4, 0-0 NEWMAC) is looking to rebound from a 14-4 loss to 12th-ranked Wesleyan on Tuesday. Harrigan, junior Riley Buonagurio, sophomore Catherine Collins and first-year Juliana McGuire all scored for the Beavers, who went 0-for-6 on free-position shots. Junior Lexi Lenaghan (24-12-36) was held without a shot against the Cardinals, Thorbahn (8-8-16) has 13 points over the last three games and Harrigan (10-3-13) leads the Green and White with 32 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo leads the team with 21 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while first-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor boasts an 11.59 goals against average and a .301 save percentage in six appearances on the year.

After winning the league's regular season title in 2016 and the conference tournament championship last season, the Green and White earned six of nine first-place votes to finish atop the NEWMAC poll back in February. Following last year's run to the conference semifinals, Wellesley tied for fourth in the poll.

Babson has won six in a row and 15 of its last 16 NEWMAC openers going back to 2002.

O'Halloran scored seven goals and dished out three assists for 10 points in two games against Wellesley last season. Additionally, Harrigan totaled nine draw controls in those contests.

The Beavers have allowed nine goals or less in 17 of their last 18 conference games going back to April 2016.