NORTON, Mass.—Sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) scored three times and Tournament Most Outstanding Player classmate Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt.) had one goal, two assists and a game-high nine draw controls to lift top-seeded Wheaton College to an 8-5 victory over third-seeded Babson College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse championship game on Sunday afternoon at Nordin Field.
With its ninth win in the last 10 games, Wheaton (13-6) claimed its first league tournament title since 2004 and earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Babson, which was making its eighth straight NEWMAC championship game appearance, sees its season come to an end at 6-11.
Senior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine), junior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass.), sophomore Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) and first-year Angela Mallis (Falmouth, Maine)all scored once for the Lyons. Sabol tied for game-high honors with four groundballs while senior Devon Soucier caused a game-high four turnovers in the win.
Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.), junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.), sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) and first-years Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) and Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) all had one goal apiece for the Beavers. Sophomore Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) contributed a pair of assists to go along with four groundballs and three caused turnovers.
Tucci gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead 5:35 into the opening half before Tewksbury tied the game for Wheaton with her first goal of the game just 64 seconds later. Beatty gave the Beavers a 2-1 edge on her free-position tally with 13:26 left in the half, and Giovannucci converted a nifty feed from Farina following a score by Sabol for a 3-2 lead just 6:36 from halftime.
Sabol won the ensuing draw and Tewksbury tied the game for the third time with a free-position strike at the 5:48 mark. The Lyons then went ahead for good as Cohen, following a Babson turnover, scored her ninth goal of the year on a free-position shot to grab a 4-3 halftime lead.
Tewksbury completed her hat trick to make it 5-3 with 25:34 to go in the game, and Mills and Mallis each scored following Beavers' turnovers to complete a five-goal spurt, giving Wheaton a 7-3 advantage with 16:34 left.
McKenna halted Babson's scoring drought with her eighth goal of the year to make it 7-4 at the 10:37 mark, but Sharick, who had hit the post and been denied by Beavers' senior goalkeeper Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) during an earlier sequence, notched her 20th marker of the season for an 8-4 edge with 3:23 remaining.
Secrist scored her 59th goal of the season on a free-position shot with 28 seconds to go for the final margin.
Baharestani finished with six saves for the Green and White, while junior Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass.) was forced to make just two stops for Wheaton, which held a 24-16 edge in shots.
The Beavers held a 21-20 edge in groundballs but won just 3-of-15 draws on the afternoon. Both teams went 2-for-3 on free-position shots and combined for 46 turnovers in the game.
Game Notes: Babson is 20-14 all-time against Wheaton and is 4-3 against the Lyons in NEWMAC/NEW 8 Tournament history…the Beavers are now 5-3 all-time in NEWMAC Tournament championship games…With one goal on Sunday, Beatty wraps up her three-year career at Babson eighth all-time in points (203), 10th in goals (148) and sixth in assists (55), and her 4.06 points per game ranks second in program history…Secrist's 59 goals this spring are tied for the fourth-most in a single season, and her 72 points are tied for the seventh-most in a single season.