CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The 13th-ranked Babson College women's lacrosse team locked up its third consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title with a 16-10 victory at MIT on Tuesday. Extending their conference winning streak to 21 games, the Beavers (11-2, 5-0 NEWMAC) will now earn a first-round bye in the NEWMAC Tournament and as the top seed will host the semifinals and finals on May 2-3.
Junior Kaitlyn Pettengill (Hopkinton, Mass.) paced Babson with five goals in the victory, while junior Anna Collins (Winchester, Mass.) joined her classmate with five points off four goals and one assist. Senior captain Lindsay Bucci (Medford, Mass.) contributed three scores, first-year Bridget McCurdy (Weston, Mass.) added two goals, first-year Trisha Babson (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in with one goal and one helper, and sophomore Ellen McCurdy (Weston, Mass.) rounded out the team's scoring with a goal.
Sophomore Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.) made four saves in the first half and five in the second for a total of nine in the contest.
Erica Little led MIT (10-4, 3-2 NEWMAC) with five goals in defeat, while Casey Flynn netted a pair. Molly McCartin played the entire game in goal for the Engineers, finishing with 13 saves.
MIT took an early 3-1 lead behind two early goals from Little, but Babson answered with five straight and seven of the next eight scores to build an 8-4 advantage. Little then netted her third of the game with 4:41 left in the first half, cutting the Beavers' lead to 8-5 heading into the break.
Babson never relinquished the lead in the second half, although MIT stayed within striking distance for the majority of the period. The Engineers netted two straight scores to get to within four, 11-7, with 20:36 left in regulation, but the Beavers answered with a 5-1 run over the next 13 minutes to extend their lead to eight, 16-8, with just over six minutes left. Stephanie Brenman and Flynn each tallied goals in the final six minutes to get MIT to within six, but that would be all the Engineers would muster against Macary as Babson held on for the 16-10 win.