Beavers Race out to 13-1 Halftime Lead, Open Conference Play with Win for Eighth Straight Year
WELLESLEY, Mass.—Senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) matched her career high with seven goals and dished out three assists for a season-high 10 points as visiting Babson College rolled past Wellesley College, 17-6, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
With its second consecutive win, Babson improves to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Wellesley slips to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Lenaghan had five goals and three assists in the first half, while sophomores Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) and Juliana McGuire (Sparta (N.J.) both scored twice for the Beavers. Sophomore Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) recorded three assists, classmate Isabelle Lent (Madison, Conn.) led all players with six draw controls, and junior Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) chipped in with a goal, two ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Senior Dacia Persky (Las Vegas, Nev.) had two goals and two assists, while classmate Ellie Chalphin (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with two ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers to lead the Blue.
Lenaghan scored the opening goal and then set up markers by senior Olivia McCahan (Providence, R.I.) and O'Connor to give the Green and White a 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the game. Quinlan notched her first goal 41 seconds later, sophomore Caroline Benson (Andover, Mass.) scored at the 19:57 mark, and Lenaghan followed with another tally to make it 6-0 with 18:00 to go in the half.
Sophomore Carson Dennis (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) got Wellesley on the board 28 seconds later, but Lenaghan scored four times and contributed an assist during a seven-goal run that extended the Babson lead to 13-1 at the half. Persky and first-year Izzy Burdick (Scarborough, Maine) both contributed a goal and an assist during a four-goal Blue run that cut the Beavers' lead to 14-5 with 14:22 remaining, but the Green and White answered with tallies by first-year Coco Creedon (McKinney, Texas), Salvatore and McGuire over the next nine minutes to push the margin back to 12.
Sophomore Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) made four saves for Babson, while senior Chloe Tucker (San Ramon, Calif.) and first-year Lorna Li (Taunton, Mass.) combined to stop nine shots for Wellesley.
The Beavers held a 17-9 advantage in draws, were successful on 8-of-9 clears and finished with season lows in both turnovers (12) and fouls (8).
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it visits the University of New England at 5 p.m., while Wellesley travels to Rhodes on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 22-21 all-time against Wellesley and have dominated the series over the last 12 years winning 16 of the last 17 meetings between the programs.
• Babson has won its conference opener in each of the last eight seasons, and has started NEWMAC play with a victory 17 times in 18 tries going back to 2002.
• Lenaghan moved into 18th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 140 points in just 26 career games at Babson.
• The Beavers have scored at least 15 goals against their last seven NEWMAC opponents and are averaging 17.43 goals per game during this stretch.