Women's Lacrosse Falls to No. 4 Middlebury in NCAA Tournament Second Round, 18-5

Women's Lacrosse Falls to No. 4 Middlebury in NCAA Tournament Second Round, 18-5

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—The fourth-ranked Middlebury College women's lacrosse team got goals from 12 different players on its way to defeating visiting Babson College, 18-5, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Kohn Field.

Babson, which was making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, closes the season at 13-8, while Middlebury improves to 17-2 with its eight straight win.

First-year Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) had two goals and an assist and junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) scored twice for the Beavers. Senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) finished with two ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls, while first-year Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) made 10 of her career-high 15 saves in the first half.

Junior Emma McDonagh (Reading, Mass.) led all players with four goals, senior Hollis Perticone (Darien, Conn.) scored three times and classmate Georgia Carroll (Lutherville, Md.) contributed two goals and two assists for the Panthers. Perticone also recorded a game-high six draw controls, while junior Kate Furber (Manchester, Mass.) and sophomore Julia Keith (North Andover, Mass.) combined to make seven saves in the victory.

Perticone and McGuire traded goals in the opening two minutes of the contest before McDonagh scored three times during a four-goal run that helped Middlebury build a 5-1 advantage at the 19:06 mark. McGuire cut the Babson deficit to three less than a minute later only to see the Panthers respond with five straight tallies to push their lead to 10-2 on a free-position shot by first-year Grace Getman (Portsmouth, N.H.) with 5:33 to go in the half.

Lenaghan notched her first marker of the afternoon with 1:38 left in the stanza, but Middlebury scored twice in the span of 15 seconds to make it 12-3 at the break. The Panthers won the first four draw controls of the second half and got goals from Carroll, McDonagh, sophomore Emily Barnard (Wayland, Mass.) and junior Jenna McNicholas (Westport, Conn.) to push the margin to 16-3 with 24:50 remaining.

Lenaghan converted a feed to put an end to Middlebury's six-goal run just over three minutes later and first-year Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) buried a free-position shot with 2:26 left for Babson's final tally.

• The Beavers are now 1-3 all-time against Middlebury and 2-3 in the NCAA Tournament against NESCAC opponents.
• Fligor's 15 saves are the most in program history by a Babson goalie in NCAA Tournament play. Sarah Macary '11 held the previous mark with a 14-save performance in a 2009 loss to Salisbury.
• Lenaghan finishes the season with a school record 102 points and is now second on the Beavers' single-season goals list with 68. Her 5.37 points per game is also the highest total in Babson history.