MIDDLEBURY, Vt.— Junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) scored four goals and added two assists, to reach 100-points this season, in the first half as Babson College defeated Castleton, 17-4, in an NCAA Tournament First Round game on Saturday afternoon at Kohn Field.
With the win, Babson, which advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, moves to 13-7 on season, while Castleton ends its season at 11-7.
Sophomore Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) scored two goals to go along with an assist, classmate Olivia Remley (Ridgewood, N.J.) and first-year Sarah McCarthy (Hanover, Mass.) found the back of the net twice, and sophomore Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) chipped in with a goal and three assists. First-year Isabelle Lent and McCarthy tied for a game-high four draw controls, and classmate Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.), who split time with sophomore Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.), earned her ninth win of the season in goal.
Senior Hannah Braman (Chelsea, Vt.) scored twice for the Spartans, while classmate Nadine Downing (Cortland, N.Y), who recorded an assist, and sophomore Emma Best (Salisbury, Vt.) contributed with one goal apiece. Junior Megan Wood (Waterford, Vt.) caused a game-high three turnovers to go along with two assists, while junior goalkeeper Samantha Hebb (Ashland, Mass.) logged 10 saves in the loss.
Off an assist from Lenaghan, Junior Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) found the back of the net in the first minute of play to spark an eight goal run for the Green and White. Babson's eight goal run included three consecutive goals from Lenaghan, who earned her 100th point of the season with 16:46 left on the clock. The Beavers run came to an end when Best got Castleton on the board with just over 16-minutes remaining in the half. After four scoreless minutes the Spartans recorded another goal, this time from Braman, but the Beavers scored three unanswered goals to end the half with an 11-2 lead.
Castleton recorded the first goal of the second half, but Babson responded with back-to-back goals from junior Olivia Martino (Berlin, Conn.) and first-year Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.). Trailing 13-3 with 20:45 left to play, Braman recorded her second goal of the day for the Spartans before the Green and White shut them out over the final 20 minutes. Babson scored four more goals to earn a 17-4 victory and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Beavers finished with the edge in shots, 35-9, and draw controls, 17-6, while forcing Castleton to commit 25 turnovers.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it takes on the host, Middlebury, at 1 p.m
• Saturday's matchup was the Beavers' first against Castleton.
• Babson is now 5-6 all-time in seven NCAA Tournament appearances
• With four goals and two assists on Saturday, Lenaghan became the first player in program history to record 100-opoints in a single-season.