Strong First Half Helps No.12 Wesleyan Defeat No. 25 Women's Lacrosse, 15-5

Strong First Half Helps No.12 Wesleyan Defeat No. 25 Women's Lacrosse, 15-5

BABSON PARK, MASS.—No. 25 Babson College had a 3-1 run midway through the second half but was unable to rally from an early deficit and suffered a 15-5 loss to No. 12 Wesleyan University in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With the loss, Babson slips to 2-3 on the year, while Wesleyan improves to 5-1 overall.

Sophomore Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J) recorded a team-high two goals to go along with three groundballs and two caused turnovers, while the trio of junior Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) and sophomores Sarah McCarthy (Hanover, Mass.) and Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) each netted a goal for the Beavers. Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) chipped in with a team-high two assists, and first-year Coco Creedon (McKinney, Texas) helped out with an assist in the loss. Sophomore Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) turned away 13 shots on the afternoon.

 Senior Abigail Horst (Pomfret, Conn.), classmate Caitlin Wood (Simsbury, Conn.) and junior Abby Manning (Wilmington, Del.) each scored three goals, while senior Emi Ogden-Fung (Tualatin, Ore) post two goals. Sophomores Johanna Copeland (Hanover, N.H.) and Jordan Ansell (Hunt Valley, Md.) each caused two turnovers, and junior Allegra Grant (Winnetka, Ill.) made six saves in the win.

Neither team found the back of the cage over the first 11 minutes, but a goal by Copeland sparked a 7-0 Wesleyan run that lasted until just under six minutes in the first half. With 5:51 on the clock, McCarthy scored off a free position shot to get the Beavers on the board. Wesleyan scored back-to-back goals to end the stanza and head into the half with a 9-1 lead.

Horst opened the half with back-to-back goals to extend the Cardinals lead to 10-1, but the Beavers answered back as McGuire and Salvatore scored the next two goals to bring the Green and White within eight. Over the next five minutes, the teams traded goals, with Quinlan assisted both of Babson goals, as Hermann and McGuire each found the back of the cage to make it 13-5 with 7:15 remaining in regulation. The Cardinals ended the game on a 2-0 run as Sophomore Rylee White (Duxbury, Mass.) and Horst recorded back-to-back goals to give Wesleyan a 15-5 win.

The Cardinals outshot the Beavers 33-15 and finished with a 22-15 edge in ground balls. The Green and White held a slim 12-11 edge in draw controls. 

Babson returns to action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. as they head to Collegeville, Pa. to face Ursinus at 4 p.m., while Wesleyan visits Kean for a 1 p.m. match.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 6-9 all-time against the Cardinals and have dropped five straight matchups.
• For the second-straight year, McGuire has recorded a goal against the Cardinals.

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