NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Sophomore Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) finished with career highs of six goals, four assists and 10 points to help visiting Babson College cruise past Smith College, 19-5, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
With its fifth consecutive win, Babson improves to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while Smith slips to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC with its third straight loss.
Junior Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) finished with three goals, one assist and six draw controls, while senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.), sophomore Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) and first-year Coco Creedon (McKinney, Texas) all scored twice for the Beavers. Sophomore Caroline Benson (Andover, Mass.) contributed a goal and two assists, and both Savlatore and senior Mairead Williams (Hingham, Mass.) picked up three ground balls in the win. Sophomore Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) made all five of her stops in the first half.
Junior Maddie Ryan (Scituate, Mass.) scored three times and senior Emily Biggs (Florence, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist to go along with five draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Pioneers. First-year Alyssa Schams (South Lyon, Mich.) made 14 of her 18 saves in the first half of the loss.
The Green and White built a 3-0 lead less than 90 seconds thanks to goals by Buonagurio, McGuire and Lenaghan. Ryan scored twice and Biggs notched her first marker of the day to cut the Smith deficit to 5-3 at the 10:47 mark before the Beavers pulled away with six goals over the final eight minutes of the first half.
Salvatore scored three times and set up another tally as part of a six-goal run that extended Babson's lead to 11-3 at the break. Quinlan struck for back-to-back markers over the first 3:06 of the second half, Salvatore followed up a Lenaghan goal with a free-position tally, and first-year Brooke Leveillee (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored her first career goal to make it 16-3 with 20:23 to play.
The Beavers finished with a 16-10 edge in draw controls, an 18-12 edge in ground balls and were a perfect 21-for-21 on clears. The Pioneers
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it travels to No. 6 Tufts at 2 p.m., while Smith hosts Springfield on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are 24-13 all-time against Smith and have won 19 straight meetings in the series going back to 2001.
• Babson has scored 14 or more goals in 10 consecutive NEWMAC games.
• The Green and White has outscored its first three conference opponents 31-6 in the first half.