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Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 7 Tufts

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 7 Tufts

Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 6 Tufts
Sunday, April 8—2 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Tufts will meet for the 23rd time on Sunday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1992. The Beavers are 2-20 all-time against the Jumbos and have dropped six consecutive games in the series going back to 2008.

Gabby Horner curled around from the right side of the net and fired home the game-winning goal with 12 seconds to go in the first overtime to lift Tufts to an 11-10 win over Babson on March 15, 2013, at Bello Field. Misha Beatty '14 finished with four goals and two assists, while Jameson Spang '13, Taylor Kralovenec '13 and Rachel Secrist '15 each scored twice for the Beavers.

Kaitlyn Pettengill '10 scored six goals and Jackie Godfrey '09 tallied four times to help the Beavers edge Tufts, 15-14, in a battle of nationally-ranked teams on April 5, 2007, in Babson Park. Anita Martignetti '08 finished with three goals for Babson, which built an eight-goal lead less than six minutes into the second half. Lauren Murphy and Jenna Abelli both scored three times for the Jumbos.

No. 7 Tufts (9-1) is looking to extend its winning streak to six games after defeating No. 14 Wesleyan, 12-7, on Saturday. Junior Dakota Adamec tallied seven points on six goals and one assist, and Emily Games chipped in with two goals for the Jumbos, who broke a 7-7 deadlock with five goals over the final 7:14 of the second half. Adamec (32-7-39) and first-year Catherine Lawliss (18-11-29) have combined for 12 free-position goals, while Games (13-14-27) leads the squad in assists. Sophomore Lily Baldwin leads the team with 50 draw controls and classmate Maddie Norman has caused 16 turnovers in front of junior goalie Audrey Evers, who has posted an 8.19 goals against average and a .478 save percentage in 10 starts.

Babson (6-4) extended its winning streak to three after a 19-4 victory over smith on Saturday at MacDowell Field. Junior Lexi Lenaghan finished with seven goals and four assists for a career-high 11 points, while senior Lyndsay Giroux and first-year Georgia Salvatore each contributed three goals and two assists for the Beavers. Lenaghan (31-16-47) is first on the team in goals and assists, junior Taylor Thorbahn (13-15-28) has dished out five assists over the last two contests, and senior Julia Harrigan (18-4-22) leads the squad with 55 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo has scooped up 27 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers, while first-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor has posted a 10.31 goals against average and a .365 save percentage in nine appearances.

After missing nearly all of the last three games, Lenaghan returned to the field on Saturday and had a hand in 10 of the Beavers' 14 first-half goals against Smith. She is averaging 3.88 goals and 5.88 points in eight contests this spring.

The Green and White has gone 0-2 against NESCAC foes this season with its losses coming to Bates back in early March and then-12th-ranked Wesleyan two-and-a-half weeks ago in Florida. Tufts, which is now the only unbeaten team in NESCAC play, picked up double-digit wins over both MIT and Wellesley back in early March.

After Saturday's rout of Smith, Babson is 4-1 at MacDowell Field this season and 11-2 at home going back to the start of last season.

During their current three-game winning streak, the Beavers are allowing just 6.67 goals per game.