Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 4 Amherst

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 4 Amherst

Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 4 Amherst
Wednesday, April 18—6 p.m.
MacDowell Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Amherst will meet for the sixth time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to 2007. The Beavers are 1-4 all-time against the Mammoths.

Claire Cagnassola scored four goals as then-19th-ranked Amherst defeated Babson, 11-0, on March 29, 2017, in Amherst, Mass. Hanna Krueger '17 had three goals and two assists to go along with three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Mammoths. Senior Lyndsay Giroux and sophomore Olivia Remley both finished with three ground balls, while senior Julia Harrigan tied for game-high honors with three draw controls to lead the Beavers.

Anita Martignetti '08 scored four goals and collected a game-high five groundballs as the Beavers topped Amherst, 7-6, on April 12, 2007, in Amherst, Mass. Jennie Williams '07 stopped four shots to earn the win for the Beavers.

No. 4 Amherst (11-1) is looking to extend its winning streak to five after a 14-13 win over No. 6 Tufts on Saturday. Senior Mary Grace Cronin scored four goals and sophomore Hannah Fox added two goals and six draw controls for the Mammoths, who closed the game with a 7-1 run. Senior Julia Crerend (39-8-47) and first-year Claire Dunbar (22-21-43) have combined for 90 points, while classmate Maia Noyes (17-18-35) leads the team with 38 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers. Sophomore Katherine Malone (15-3-18) has scooped up a team-high 21 ground balls and classmate Talia Land has posted a 7.04 goals against average and a .484 save percentage.

Babson (7-6) is looking to build on the momentum from Saturday's 19-14 victory at Coast Guard. Junior Lexi Lenaghan had four goals and one assist, while sophomore Taylor Herrmann scored three times and added two assists for the Beavers, who owned a 23-10 edge in draw controls. Lenaghan (42-19-61) ranks third in the NEWMAC in scoring, junior Taylor Thorbahn (16-19-35) is fifth in the league in assists, and Harrigan (23-6-29) is tied for first in the conference with 73 draw controls. Sophomore Maria Bravo leads the squad with 29 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, while first-year Cricket Fligor and sophomore Olivia Phelan have combined to post an 11.85 goals against average and a .347 save percenatage.

Harrigan recorded 11 of the Beavers' 23 draw controls on Saturday at Coast Guard, and has already set a new career high with 73 on the season with four games to go in the regular season. She is averaging 5.62 draws per game this spring and has gained possession on 270 draw controls in 65 career games.

Phelan came off the bench just past the midway point of the first half on Saturday and made six saves, which included stopping three free-position shots, to help the Green and White pull away from Coast Guard.

In addition to the production from Lenaghan and Herrmann against Coast Guard (seven goals, three assists), Thorbahn, Harrigan and first-year Juliana McGuire all finished with three goals apiece. Classmate Georgia Salvatore, who is now third on the team in scoring with 31 points, also scored once and contributed a game-high three assists for Babson.

The Beavers are 7-1 this season and 19-2 over the last two years when finishing with more draw controls than their opponents.