SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—The visiting Babson College women's lacrosse team overcame a four-goal deficit with less than seven minutes to go in regulation before suffering a 14-13 overtime loss at Springfield College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
Senior Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) scored four times and classmate Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) and sophomore Claudia Dodge (Pelham, N.Y.) both recorded two goals and one assist to lead the Beavers. Sophomore Courtney Kaskey (Winnetka, Ill.) scored twice, graduate student Siobhan McDermott (North Andover, Mass.) had a goal to go along with a team-high six draw controls, and first-year Kayleigh Hacker (Natick, Mass.) tied for game-high honors with three caused turnovers.
Senior goalie Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) made seven of her 12 saves in the second half for Babson (0-1, 0-1 NEWMAC).
Senior Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) led all players with seven goals, while classmate Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) and junior Katie Martel () both scored three times for the Pride. Senior Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine) finished with seven draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers, and first-year Colleen Browne (Westford, Mass.) made seven saves in her collegiate debut.
Down 12-8 with less than seven minutes to play, the Green and White took advantage of a Springfield (1-0, 1-0 NEWMAC) yellow card by scoring four times in less than three minutes. Salvatore got the run started with a free-position goal, McDermott and Kaskey scored just 43 seconds apart to make it 12-11 and graduate student Valerie Quinlan (Norwood, Mass.) tied the game with 3:54 to go in regulation.
Pichel gave the Pride a 13-12 lead with a free-position strike just over a minute later, but McGuire converted a feed from Salvatore with 29 seconds remaining to force overtime. Sarnacki won the opening draw of the extra session and Pichel bounced a free-position shot past Fligor 1:17 into the period for the game winner.
The first half featured four ties and four lead changes with Springfield ending the stanza with four unanswered goals over the final 7:55 to build a 7-5 advantage at the break. McGuire scored on a free-position chance and Dodge had two goals in the span of 40 seconds to make it 8-8 before the Pride used another four-goal run, which included three tallies by Sarnacki, to take its biggest lead of the game at 12-8 with 9:22 to play.
Both teams return to action next Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson travels to Clark, while Springfield visits Coast Guard.
• The Beavers are 19-19 all-time against Springfield.
• Seven of the last nine meetings between the teams have been decided by two goals or less.
• Saturday's loss snapped the Beavers' nine-game NEWMAC road winning streak, a run that extended back to 2017.
• Fligor has made at least 10 saves in five consecutive games against Springfield.