BABSON PARK, Mass. - The Babson College women's lacrosse team defeated Wesleyan University 11-6 Tuesday night in a non-conference match. A closely contested game ended in favor of the Beavers after they scored four unanswered goals in the final seven minutes of play. Babson was led by junior Anna Collins (Winchester, Mass.) who scored four goals on the day. With the win, Babson is now 7-2 overall and Wesleyan fell to 4-7.
The game remained scoreless for the first twelve minutes until Wesleyan made the first with 18:27 left in the half. Senior tri-captain Laurel Sticklor (Boxford, Mass.) scored the first goal of the game off a pass from teammate Allie Lynch (Greenwich, Conn.). Junior Erin McCarthy (Ridgefield, Conn.) then scored another four minutes later to put the Cardinals up by two with just over the 14 minutes remaining in the half. Collins scored back to back unassisted goals for the Beavers and first-year Trisha Babson (Duxbury, Mass.) had an unassisted goal of her own with five seconds remaining in the half to give Babson the lead, 3-2 at halftime.
In the second half, Wesleyan's Maggie Lile (Wynnewood, Pa.) tied the game, 3-3 just two minutes in. Collins then scored another set of back to back goals less than one minute apart and senior tri-captain Jackie Godfrey (Franklin, Mass.) added two goals to give Babson their biggest lead of the game thus far, 7-3 with just under twelve minutes to play. Two free-position goals from Lile and another from Clare Smith (Lexington, Mass.) brought the Cardinals to within one, 7-6 with 7:56 remaining in the game. Babson then scored four unanswered goals to take the 11-6 lead and the victory.
For Babson, Collins finished with four goals and Godfrey followed with three. Trisha Babson tallied one goal and three assists for four points on the day. Junior Kaitlyn Pettengill (Hopkinton, Mass.) had two goals and led the team in caused turnovers with three. Senior tri-captain Jess Parker (Catamumet, Mass.) added one goal and three groundballs while sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.) went the distance in net for the Beavers making eight saves and picking up a team high five groundballs.
The Cardinals were led by Lile who scored three goals and picked up four groundballs. McCarthy, Sticklor, and Smith each added a goal in the loss. Defensively, senior Laura D'Iorio (Long Valley, N.J.) had a team high five groundballs and three caused turnovers. First-year goalkeeper Maggie Drowica (Glen Head, N.Y.) played the full sixty minutes in net making twelve saves.
Babson will visit Springfield College on Saturday at 1pm for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match and Wesleyan host Amherst College at noon.