BABSON PARK, Mass. - The 11th ranked Babson College women's lacrosse team defeated Bates College 14-11 in a non-conference contest Wednesday evening at MacDowell Field. The Beavers were led by senior tri-captain Jackie Godfrey (Franklin, Mass.) who tallied four goals and two assists. For Bates, senior Caroline Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) had a game high six goals. With the win, Babson improves to 4-2 overall and Bates is now 4-3.
Babson came out strong scoring the first four goals of the game in eight minutes of play. Bates the answered back with three consecutive goals of their own making the score 4-3 in the favor of the Beavers with 5:28 left to play in the first half. The two teams then traded goals for the remainder of the period with Babson taking the lead at halftime 7-5.
In the second half, Bates scored the first two goals of the period in under three minutes of play to tie the game at 7-7. Babson then scored the next four goals to bring the score to 11-7 with 11:15 left to play. The Bobcats were able to get within two goals on two separate occasions including a 13-11 deficit with 23 seconds remaining. A goal at the buzzer by sophomore Alyssa Hood (Newport, R.I.) resulted in the 14-11 Babson victory.
For the Beavers, six different players scored. Junior Kaitlyn Pettengill (Hopkinton, Mass.) followed Godfrey with four goals and one assist. Junior Anna Collins (Winchester, Mass.) had three goals on the night and Alyssa Hood, first-year Trisha Babson (Duxbury, Mass.), and senior tri-captain Lindsay Bucci (Medford, Mass.) each added one goal in the victory. The Beavers defense was led by first-year Bridget McCurdy (Weston, Mass.) with seven groundballs. Godfrey had a team high three caused turnovers in the win. Trisha Babson won twelve face-offs including a game high six individual draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.) played all 60 minutes in goal and made 11 saves and had four groundballs.
Thomas led the Bobcats with six goals and one assist. First-year Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) finished with two goals and one assist in the loss. Junior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine), first-year Caroline Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and sophomore Abby Saucier (Yarmouth, Maine) each added one goal for the Bobcats. Dannis also added a team high six groundballs. Sophomore goalkeeper Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) played the entire game in net for Bates making 11 saves and adding three groundballs.
The Beavers return home this Saturday when they open up their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule against Smith College for a 1pm game. Bates will host Amherst on Saturday at 12pm.