CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Lexi Lenaghan (Hanover, Mass.) led all scorers with seven goals and visiting Babson College an eight-goal halftime lead on the way to defeating MIT, 18-12, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at Jack Barry Field.
With its sixth win in the last seven games, Babson improves to 8-4 overall and 4-0 in league play, while MIT slips to 5-7 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with a career-high four goals, sophomore Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) scored twice, and junior Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) contributed one goal, nine draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Beavers. McGuire added eight draws, while sophomores Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) and Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) tied for game-high honors with three caused turnovers apiece.
O'Connor also led Babson with five ground balls and sophomore Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) made six saves in the win.
Senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) and first-years Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) and Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) each scored three goals for the Engineers. Classmate Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) picked up six ground balls, first-year Katie Pelton (Wayne, Pa.) caused three turnovers, and sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) made 13 saves in the loss.
Goals by O'Connor, Quinlan and Buonagurio staked the Green and White to a 3-0 lead less than six minutes into the contest before Lutz and Then converted free-position chances just 18 seconds apart to cut the MIT deficit to one at the 22:35 mark before the Beavers responded with an 8-1 run to close the first half.
Senior Olivia McCahan (Providence, R.I.) started a four-goal spurt that was capped by consecutive goals from Lenaghan to make it 7-2 with 11:33 to go in the period. Lenaghan scored twice more over the final 6:17 of the stanza and McGuire and Buonagurio each added their second goals of the half to extend the Babson cushion to 11-3 at the break.
The Engineers responded by scoring five of the first six goals of the second half to get as close as 12-8 on a free-position tally by Then with 20:35 remaining. Lenaghan answered with her sixth marker of the contest just over 90 seconds later to spark a four-goal run that extended the margin back to 16-8 with 13:28 to go.
Lenaghan and Buonagurio scored 17 seconds apart as the Beavers matched their biggest lead of the evening with under seven minutes to play.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Coast Guard at 12 p.m., while MIT takes on Westfield State on Friday at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are 34-5 all-time against MIT.
• Babson has won 10 straight NEWMAC games while outscoring its opponents 173-77.
• In four conference games the Beavers have outscored their opponents 42-9 in the first half.
• In addition to recording a season-high 17 caused turnovers, Babson's six free-position goals in Wednesday's victory are tied for its highest total of the year.