Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. MIT

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. MIT

Women's Lacrosse vs. MIT
Wednesday, March 11—4 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 38th time on Wednesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1988. The Beavers are 33-4 all-time against the Engineers and have won three straight in the series.

Francesca Giovanucci '17 scored her fourth goal of the game 2:56 into overtime as Babson defeated MIT, 10-9, on April 26, 2017, at MacDowell Field. Junior Mairead Williams had two goals and one assist, senior Charlotte O'Halloran led all players with three assists, and Delaney Carroll '17 finished with four ground balls and five caused turnovers for the Beavers. Senior Emily Young scored four goals and dished out two assists for six points, while sophomore Rayna Higuchi had a goal and an assist to go along with six ground balls, five draw controls and five caused turnovers for the Engineers.

Kira Schott scored five goals, including the go-ahead tally with 2:55 left in regulation, as MIT slipped past the Beavers, 14-13, on April 22, 2015, in Babson Park. Giovanucci finished with four goals and senior Julia Harrigan scored three times and recorded a game-high eight draw controls, to lead the Green and White.

MIT (5-5, 2-1 NEWMAC) is looking to extend its winning streak to four after defeating Wellesley, 17-6, on Saturday. Senior Katie Notarangelo and junior Cecilia McCormick both scored five goals and Young added four tallies for the Engineers, who pulled away with an eight-goal run to start the second half. Young (41-24-65) leads the conference in points and draw controls (60) and Notarangelo (31-2-33) is first on the team with 22 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers. McCormack (24-9-33) is tied for second on the squad in scoring, while senior goalkeeper Eva Boal has posted a 12.24 goals against average and a .441 save percentage eight appearances.

Babson (6-5, 3-0 NEWMAC) is looking to bounce back from a 17-6 loss to No. 7 Tufts on Sunday afternoon. Junior Lexi Lenaghan and first-year Georgia Salvatore both scored twice for the Beavers, while first-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor stopped nine shots for the Beavers. Lenaghan (33-16-49) is tied for third in the league in scoring, junior Taylor Thorbahan (13-16-29) is tied for fourth in the NEWMAC in assists, and Harrigan (19-4-23) is third in the conference with 56 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo leads the Green and White in both ground balls (27) and caused turnovers (11), while Fligor has posted an 11.21 goals against average and a .362 save percentage this spring.

The Green and White is averaging a league-high 16.33 goals over its first three outings and has recorded a conference-best 23 assists on its 38 tallies from open play. The Beavers are also tied for the NEWMAC lead with 11 free-position goals.

Salvatore has produced four straight multi-goal games and has 10 goals and four assists for 14 points during this stretch, while Thorbahn is averaging 2.14 assists per contest over her last seven outings.

Babson has won 53-of-74 draw controls against NEWMAC foes, which includes a league-high 23 by Harrigan and 10 more from first-year Isabelle Lent. MIT enters Tuesday's game ranked second with 44 draw controls over its first three conference games.

The Beavers are 5-0 this season and 19-1 over the last two seasons when leading at halftime.