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Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Springfield

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse at Springfield

Women's Lacrosse at Springfield
Saturday, March 31—1 p.m.
Stagg Field—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will me for the 34th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1997. The Beavers are 16-17 all-time against the Pride.

Emily Bresnahan '17 led all players with four goals and senior Charlotte O'Halloran out three assists as second-seeded Babson College defeated top-seeded Springfield College, 12-5, in the NEWMAC Tournament championship game on May 7th, 2017 at Stagg Field. senior Lyndsay Giroux and sophomore Taylor Hermmann both scored twice for the Beavers, who led by as many as nine goals with less than 11 minutes to play. Senior Ann Mahoney led the Pride with two goals.

Senior Shelby Corsano tied the game late in regulation and scored her fifth goal of the game 61 seconds into overtime as the Pride defeated Babson, 10-9, on April 22, 2017, in Springfield. Mahoney had four goals and Gabby Anderson made 11 saves in the win. Francesca Giovanucci '17 scored four times for the Beavers.

Springfield (5-4, 1-0 NEWMAC) is coming off of a 16-7 loss against No. 9 Trinity College on Tuesday at Stagg Field. Corsano scored two goals and led all players with six draw controls, while junior Amanda Nusbaum recorded one goal and three ground balls for the Pride, which gave up nine goals over the final 24 minutes of the first half. Corsano (28-13-41) ranks third in the conference in scoring and leads the team with 34 draw controls. Senior Kristen Steidler (17-1-18) has picked up a team-high 22 ground balls, Mahoney (10-2-12) is second on the squad with 16 caused turnovers, and sophomore goalkeeper Brenna Keefe ranks first in the league in both goals against average (8.48) and save percentage (.486).

Babson (4-4, 1-0 NEWMAC) opened conference play with a 19-6 victory over Wellesley last Saturday. Junior Taylor Thorbahn scored five goals and recorded an assist, while senior Julia Harrigan recorded 11 draw controls to go along with four goals and one assist for the Beavers. Junior Lexi Lenaghan (24-12-36) is fourth in the NEWMAC in scoring, Thorbahn (13-10-23) has 11 goals and seven assists over the last four contests, and Harrigan (9-3-12) ranks second in the league with 43 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo leads the defense with 23 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers, while first-year goalie Cricket Fligor has posted an 11.02 goals against average to go along with a .316 save percentage in seven appearances.

Babson and Springfield have both won a regular season and tournament title over the last two years, and have met in the league's championship game seven times in the last nine season going back to 2009. The teams have combined to drop just one game to the rest of the league since 2016, and at least one of the programs has reached the NEWMAC championship game in every year going back to 2001.

The team leading at halftime has won 10 of the last 12 games in the series dating back to 2011. Both the Beavers (4-0) and Pride (5-0) are unbeaten when taking a lead after 30 minutes this season.

Despite not having Lenaghan in last Saturday's win over Wellesley, three different players finished with season highs in points as part of the Beavers' 19-goal outburst. Harrigan, who is the only Babson player to produce a point in every game this year, scored four times, first-year Georgia Salvatore contributed three goals and one assist, and classmate Juliana McGuire scored twice and picked up one assist on the day.

The Beavers are 4-0 this season and 17-1 since the start of last year when allowing nine goals or less.