SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Sophomore Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored a free-position goal with 4.7 seconds left in regulation as Springfield College upended Babson College 9-8 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action at Stagg Field on Saturday afternoon.
Springfield, which snapped a four-game losing streak, moved to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC while Babson, which had won three consecutive games, dropped to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
First-year Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals to lead the Pride, who also got a pair of tallies from junior Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) and a goal and an assist from junior Kerstin Lindroorth (Bryn Athyn, Pa.). Sophomore Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) led Babson with three goals and two assists while senior Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine) scored twice and classmate Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) added a goal and two assists.
The Pride got off to a fast start as Nielsen opened the scoring just 52 seconds into the game, senior Meghan Flanagan (Averill Park, N.Y.) gave the Pride a two-goal lead at the 22:22 mark and Nielsen scored her second goal of the game off an assist from Dorsey to take a 3-0 lead with 20:37 left in the first half. Spang sandwiched a pair of tallies around a goal from Gallo to trim the Springfield lead to 4-2, but the Pride added scores from Nielsen and Gallo in the final five minutes of the period to take a 6-2 lead at halftime.
Secrist scored her first goal of the afternoon just over five and a half minutes into the second half to bring Babson within 6-3 but the Pride matched their biggest of the game at 7-3 on Nielsen's fourth goal of the day with 17:38 to go in regulation. Kralovenec scored her first goal of the day at 15:56 following a Mackenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) draw control, and Kralovenec then set up first-year Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) for her fourth goal of the year to get the Beavers back within 7-5 with 10:40 remaining.
Junior goalie Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) came up with a pair of big saves, including one on a free-position attempt by Springfield's Jennifer McDonough (Holbrook, N.Y.) and Spang forced a turnover that led to a Secrist score with 8:05 remaining to make it a one-goal game. Secrist then won the ensuing draw and set up senior Emma Locke (Boxford, Mass.) to tie the game at 7-7 just 25 seconds later. Lindroth put the Pride back in front with 6:59 to go but Secrist again rallied the Beavers, tying the game at 8-8 with 2:25 remaining following a Springfield turnover to set up a thrilling finish.
Spang won the draw and Babson held possession for nearly two minutes before Pride junior goalie Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) caused a turnover, intercepting a pass from behind the goal. Springfield cleared the ball successfully and following a timeout Dorsey drew a foul with just seven seconds remaining to set up her game-winning goal.
Baharestani made eight stops for Babson and Versprille stopped five shots for Springfield, which held a 19-17 advantage in shots and won 14 of the game's 19 draw controls. Spang and Secrist collected three and two groundballs, respectively to lead the Beavers.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday with NEWMAC contests as Babson hosts MIT at 7:00pm and Springfield hosts Smith at 4:00pm.