BABSON PARK, Mass. - The Babson women's lacrosse team opened up their 2009 season with a 22-3 victory over visiting Plymouth State University on Friday afternoon at MacDowell Field. Babson was led by junior midfielder Anna Collins (Winchester Mass.) who scored seven goals and added one assist.
Babson got off to a quick start scoring three goals in the first two and a half minutes of play. Six of Collins' seven goals came in the first half and five different players scored for the Beavers who entered halftime with the 14-0 lead.
Plymouth State scored their three goals in the final ten minutes of play. Junior Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, Mass.) and first-years Brianna Davis (Framingham, Mass.) and Nicole Grover (Yarmouth, Maine) each tallied an unassisted goal for the Panthers.
For Babson, ten different players scored. In addition to Collins, junior midfielder Kaitlyn Pettengill (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored four goals and had one assist and first-year Trisha Babson (Duxbury, Mass.) tallied three goals and four assists in her collegiate debut. Senior tri-captian Lindsay Bucci (Medford, Mass.) scored two goals and added one assist. Bridget McCurdy (Weston,Mass), Ellen McCurdy (Weston, Mass.), Jackie Godfrey (Franklin, Mass.), Jess Parker (Cataumet, Mass.), Alyssa Hood (Newport, R.I.), and Marissa Monaco (Quincy, Mass.) all scored one goal in the victory.
The Beavers outshot their opponents 38-11 and picked up 22 groundballs on the day. The teams were almost even in draw controls with Babson winning 14 of the 27 and Plymouth winning 13. Plymouth's Brianna Davis (Framingham, Mass.) won a game high five draw controls.
Babson sophomore Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.) and junior Laura Bronner (Greenwich, Conn.) split the time in goal. Macary made two saves in the first half and did not allow any goals. Bronner had one save in the second half. For Plymouth, first-year Nicole Provencher had eight saves on the day.
The Beavers return home on Sunday, March 8th for a non-conference match against Eastern Connecticut State University at 1pm at MacDowell Field.