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Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Smith

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Smith

Women's Lacrosse vs. Smith
Saturday, April 7—12 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Smith will meet for the 36th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1987. The Beavers are 22-13 all-time against the Pioneers and have won 17 straight in the series since 2001.

Emily Bresnahan '17 and Francesca Giovanucci '17 combined for seven goals and four assists as Babson defeated Smith, 17-4, on April 15, 2017, at MacDowell Field. Seniors Lyndsay Giroux, Charlotte O'Halloran and Mairead Williams all contributed two goals apiece for the Beavers. Junior Chloe Harris scored twice for the Pioneers, who got 17 saves from senior goalkeeper Sarah Price.

The Pioneers slipped past Babson 9-8 in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on April 26, 2001, in Babson Park.

Smith (5-2, 1-1 NEWMAC) is coming off an 18-5 loss to Framingham State on Wednesday. Senior Caroline Myran had three goals and Harris scored twice for the Pioneers, who trailed 16-1 less than eight minutes into the second half. Myran (26-6-34), who ranks fourth in the conference in goals and sixth in points, leads the team in ground balls (28), draw controls (52) and caused turnovers (20), while Harris (18-6-24) is second on the team in scoring. Senior Julia Hamilton has scooped up 26 ground balls to go along with 17 caused turnovers in front of Price, who has posted an 11.78 goals against average and a .417 save percentage in five starts.

Babson (5-4, 2-0 NEWMAC) is looking to extend its winning streak to three after rallying for an 11-10 victory at Springfield last Saturday. First-year Juliana McGuire scored five times and senior Julia Harrigan and first-year Georgia Salvatore both added two goals for the Beavers, who scored four unanswered goals over the final 7:54 of regulation. Junior Lexi Lenaghan (24-12-36) is fifth in the conference in points, junior Taylor Thorbahn (13-12-15) is tied for the team lead in assists, and Harrigan (16-4-20) ranks third in the league with 51 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo paces the defense with 25 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers, while first-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor has posted a 10.84 goals against average and a .360 save percentage in eight appearances.

In addition to McGuire's five goals, three of which came over the final eight minutes, Fligor stopped five free-position shots and made a career-high 11 saves overall on her way to earning NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Harrigan, who led all players with eight draw controls last Saturday at Springfield, has come up big in three career games against the Pioneers scoring seven times and winning 22 draws. Additionally, O'Halloran has scored four goals and dished out nine assists over the last three years against Smith.

The Green and White is one of just two NEWMAC teams that has seven or more players with at least 10 points this season. Included in this group are Giroux and sophomore Taylor Herrmann, who have combined for 17 goals and 13 assists, and junior Riley Buonagurio who is 6-for-9 on free-position chances and has produced a career-high 10 goals in nine games.

The Beavers are 16-1 over the last two seasons in the month of April, which includes a perfect 8-0 mark at home.