BABSON PARK, Mass. -Senior Julia Harrigan and junior Lexi Lenaghan recorded four goals apiece as top-seeded Babson College defeated the visiting Coast Guard Academy, 17-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the win, Babson (11-7) advances to the conference tournament final for the 11th time in 12 seasons, while Coast Guard closes its season at 12-7.
Lenaghan added two assists in addition to her four goals, senior Lyndsay Giroux added two goals and two assists, and first-year Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) caused three turnovers to go along with a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Sophomore Brooke Majewski picked up a game-high three groundballs, and Isabelle Lent led all players with six draw controls. Frist-year Cricket Fligor turned away two shots to pick-up her seventh win on the year.
First-year Luisa Santos (Leesburg, Va.) scored the lone goal for the Bears, while classmate Mary Goins (Peach Tree City, Ga.) picked-up two groundballs. First-year Mary Budri (Falmouth, Maine) saved just two shots in the opening 17 minutes before classmate Rebecca Dolan (Wilmington, Del.) entered the cage and recorded 12 saves on 22 shots.
Goals by Harrigan, junior Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.), first-year Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) and classmate Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) gave the Green and White a 4-0 lead just over five minutes into the contest. Sophomore Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) buried a free-position shot at the 19:14 mark, Giroux scored off a feed from Lenaghan and Lenaghan followed with back-to-back goals of her own to make it 8-0 with 9:38 to go in the stanza.
Harrigan, Giroux and Lenaghan all tallied over the final nine minutes of the period to make it 11-1 at the half, and Harrigan completed her four-goal day with a pair of second-half markers. Lenaghan also had a goal and an assist after the break, while sophomore Olivia Remley (Ridgewood, N.J.) and first-year Sarah McCarthy (Hanover, Mass.) both scored over the final 30 minutes for the Beavers.
The Green and White finished with a 39-5 edge in shots, were a perfect 8-for-8 on clears and finished with a season-high 16 caused turnovers as part of its suffocating defensive effort. The Beavers also scored seven times on a season-high 17 free-position attempts.
Babson will take on third-seeded Springfield in Sunday's 1 p.m. NEWMAC final at MacDowell Field.
• The Beavers are now 5-0 all-time against Coast Guard.
• Babson has won 11 straight NEWMAC Tournament semifinal games and Saturday's 16-goal victory tied the program's largest winning margin in the conference playoffs. The Beavers also won by 16 (18-2) over Wellesley in the 2008 championship game.
• With six points on Saturday, Lenahan is up to 89 on the season, which is just two shy of Anna Collins record set back in 2009.
• Babson has outscored its conference opponents 88-35 in the first half this season.