NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Castleton

NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Castleton

NCAA Tournament First Round
Women's Lacrosse vs. Castleton
Saturday, May 12—1 p.m.
Kohn Field—Middlebury, Vt.

THE SERIES
Babson and Castleton will meet for the first time on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and seventh time overall. They reached the second round for the fifth time in program history with a win over Johnson & Wales last year, and also own victories first round victories over Trinity (2008), Farmingdale State (2009) and Williams (2010).

CASTLETON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Spartans return to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh year in a row and seventh time overall. They are 1-5 all-time in the first round with their lone victory coming against Morrisville State back in 2015. Castleton lost to Westfield State in the first round of last year's championship.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Castleton (11-6) extended its winning streak to seven with a 12-10 win over Colby-Sawyer in the NAC title game last Saturday. Senior Emily Cross finished with four goals and two assists and junior Samantha Hebb made 14 saves for the Spartans. Cross (51-42-93) ranks 38th in Division III in points, sophomore Erin Shuttle (57-13-90) was fourth in the NAC in goals, and senior Hannah Brennan (36-26-62) is 5-for-11 on free-position chances. Sophomore Emma Best has scored 22 goals and leads the team in draw controls (78), ground balls (64) and caused turnovers (32), while Hebb has posted a 9.62 goals against average and a .480 save percentage in 16 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (12-7) has won four straight games and defeated Springfield, 15-13, in Sunday's NEWMAC final. Junior Lexi Lenaghan scored four times and senior Julia Harrigan keyed a late three-goal run with a pair of tallies for the Beavers. Lenaghan (62-32-94) ranked 35th in Division III in points, Harrigan (38-8-46) leads the team with 94 draw controls, and first-year Georgia Salvatore (26-17-43) has a goal in 11 of the last 12 contests. Sophomore Maria Bravo, who leads the Green and White with 46 ground balls, and junior Mairead Williams both have 21 caused turnovers, while first-year goalkeeper Cricket Fligor has posted a 10.30 goals against average and a .355 save percentage in 18 games.

FOUR ON THE FIRST TEAM
The Green and White had four first-team all-conference selections as Bravo, who earned defensive co-player of the year honors, Lenaghan, Harrigan and Williams were all recognized by the conference on Tuesday. The four first teamers were the most for any team in the NEWMAC and the most for Babson since 2012.

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Lenaghan's five-point game against Springfield in Sunday's championship game allowed her to pass Anna Collins '10, who set the previous single-season mark with 91 points back in 2009. In addition to her to points record, Lenaghan is the only player in Babson history to register more than 60 goals and 30 assists in the same year.

FIRST-YEARS IN FOCUS
While leaning on its core of veterans throughout the season the Green and White has also gotten great production from its first-year class. Salvatore, Sara O'Connor, Juliana McGuire and Sarah McCarthy combined for six goals and three assists to go along with three draw controls in Sunday's win over Springfield, and Fligor came through with a career-high 12 saves against the Pride. Fellow first-year Isabelle Lent, who ranks second on the team with 37 draw controls, also returned to the the lineup last weekend after missing five games due to injury.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Excluding free position tallies, the Beavers have assisted on 59.6 percent of their goals this season.

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