Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Plymouth State

Game Preview: Women's Lacrosse vs. Plymouth State

Women's Lacrosse vs. Plymouth State
Sunday, February 24 | 1 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Plymouth State will meet for the 16th time on Sunday in a series that dates back to 1991. The Beavers are 10-5 against the Panthers and have won five of the last six matchups between the teams.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Lexi Lenaghan scored four times and Julia Harrigan '18 added three goals and 12 draw controls to help the Beavers defeat Plymouth State, 17-9, on February 28, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Senior Riley Buonagurio also scored three goals for Babson, which scored 11 times in the second half. Megan Tingley led the Panthers with four goals and two assists.

LAST PLYMOUTH STATE WIN
• Amy MacDonald scored the go-ahead goal with 3:56 left in regulation and goalkeeper Lorin Field made 10 saves to help Plymouth State rally past the Beavers, 9-7, on April 1, 2014, at MacDowell Field.
• Rachel Secrist '15 finished with four goals, four groundballs and two draw controls for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
• Plymouth State (0-0) returns 18 players from a team that went 14-4 and captured its second consecutive Little East Tournament crown last spring.
• Despite the loss of their top two scorers, the Panthers bring back four 20-goal scorers led by junior Sydney Dubois (36 goals-10 assists-46 points) and senior Veronyca Daniels (23-13-36).
• Dubois also led the team with 59 draw controls, while senior Kimberly Zuccaro (21-6-27) contributed team highs of 64 draw controls and 35 caused turnovers to go along with 52 draw controls.
• Senior goalie Emilee Wargo appeared in seven games and posted a 7.44 goals against average and a .429 save percentage in 2018.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (0-0) brings back 20 players from a team that captured its second consecutive NEWMAC Tournament championship and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2018.
• The Beavers must replace three of their top five scorers, but return Lenaghan, who put up 68 goals and 34 assists for a school-record 102 points last spring.
• Sophomore Georgia Salvatore (27-18-45) was fourth on the team in scoring, junior Taylor Herrmann (16-19-35) posted career high scoring numbers, and senior Mairead Williams contributed 35 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers as a defensive midfielder.
• Reigning NEWMAC Defensive Co-Player of the Year Maria Bravo is one of four starters back in front of sophomore goalie Cricket Fligor, who posted a 10.59 goals against average and a .367 save percentage in 15 starts.

DEFENDING CHAMPS FINISH ATOP PRESEASON POLL
• Babson, which captured a share of last year's regular season league title in addition its conference tournament championship, collected six of nine first-place votes on the way to finishing first in the NEWMAC preseason coaches' poll.

TOUGH TESTS AWAIT
• The Green and White will face a challenging non-conference schedule that faces three teams in the top 12 of the IWLCA Division III preseason poll in No. 5 Amherst, No. 10 Tufts and No. 12 Wesleyan, as well as four other programs that were selected in the top three of their respective conference polls.
• Plymouth State (MASCAC) and Endicott (CCC) were both picked to repeat, while Skidmore in the Liberty League and the University of New England in the CCC were both picked to finish third.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 23-1 going back to the start of the 2017 campaign when scoring 11 or more goals.

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