BABSON PARK, Mass. - The Babson College women's lacrosse team defeated Smith College 19-5 Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field in their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) season opener. The Beavers were led by senior Jess Parker (Cataumet, Mass.) who scored five goals and junior Anna Collins (Winchester, Mass.) who tallied two goals and five assists for a game high seven points on the day. With the win, the 11th ranked Beavers improve to 5-2 overall, 1-0 in the NEWMAC and Smith is now 1-3, 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
In the first half, the Beavers outshot the Pioneers, 22-8 and started the game with a 6-0 run. Parker scored four of her five goals in the first half and Trisha Babson added four assists to put the Beavers up 14-2 at halftime. For Smith, junior Carolyn Whiting (South Orange, N.J.) and senior co-captain Blair Rapalyea (Prides Crossing, Mass.) each scored a goal in the period.
During the second half, Babson scored five goals and Smith put three goals on the board to end the game 19-5 in favor of Babson.
Following Parker and Collins was Babson first-year Trisha Babson (Duxbury, Mass.) who scored two goals and tallied four assists for six points. Sophomore Ellen McCurdy (Weston, Mass.) and junior Kaitlyn Pettengill (Hopkinton, Mass.) each recorded a team high four groundballs and three caused turnovers along with adding three goals apiece. Senior tri-captain Lindsay Bucci (Medford, Mass.) had two goals and one assist on the day. First-years Bridget McCurdy (Weston, Mass.) and Erin Daley (Darien, Conn.) each had one goal in the victory. Trisha Babson was tied for a game high five draw controls.
For Smith, Rapalyea ended the game with two goals. Whiting and first-years Alexandra Page (Brookline, Mass.) and Phoebe Hopkins (Philadelphia, Pa.) each had one goal in the loss. Smith was led defensively by sophomore Kaitlyn Murdough (Hinsdale, N.H.) and senior Danielle Schmandt (Austin Texas) who each had three groundballs. Hopkins tied Trisha Babson for a game high five draw controls.
Sophomore goalkeepers Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.) and Rebecca Foley (New City, N.Y.) split the time in net for the Beavers. Macary had three saves in the first half and Foley added one save in the second. For Smith, junior Chelsea Henderson (White Plains, N.Y.) played just under 40 minutes for the pioneers making two saves and sophomore Elizabeth Niehoff (Bronxville, N.Y.) played 20 minutes and made three saves.
Babson will visit Amherst on Tuesday evening for a 7pm non-conference game. Smith will also play Tuesday evening hosting Skidmore for a 5pm game.