Big First Half Helps Babson Defeat MIT, 18-12

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- Score: Babson College 18, MIT 12

- Records: MIT (5-7, 3-1 NEWMAC); Babson (8-4, 4-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: In a battle of undefeated NEWMAC women's lacrosse teams, Babson College used an 8-1 run during the first half to help it pull away before recording an 18-12 victory over MIT on Wednesday. Lexi Lenaghan amassed seven goals for the Beavers while senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) paced the Engineers with three goals and an assist.


- Babson's Sara O'Connor found the back of the net first while Valerie Quinlan and Riley Buongaurio both followed with free-position goals to give the visitors an early lead. First-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) put MIT on the board with a free-position goal at the 22:53 mark while classmate Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) buried one of her own 18 seconds later.

- The 3-2 margin was as close as it would get as a strike by Olivia McCahan sparked the Beavers' 8-1 run, which spanned the final 20:38 of the half. Lenaghan produced four goals while Juliana McGuire scored twice. Lutz, meanwhile, provided the lone goal for the Engineers, which came midway through the rally.

- MIT opened the second stanza with a 5-1 spurt, making the score 12-8 with 20:35 on the clock. Then started things off by connecting on a pass by senior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) after 51 seconds expired and bookended it with a man-up free-position goal. Following its own timeout, Babson rattled off four straight goals, doubling its advantage to 16-8 with 13:28 left to play. Despite the deficit the Engineers continued to attack, outscoring the Beavers, 4-2, down the stretch.


- Lutz tallied three goals, four draw controls, and three groundballs while Then posted three goals and four draw controls. Flooks registered one goal, two assists, and three groundballs as first-year Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) collected six groundballs. In net, sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) totaled 13 saves.

- Buonagurio finished with four goals while McCahan had one goal and two assists. Quinlan racked up nine draw controls, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers as McGuire notched eight draw controls and two goals. O'Connor recorded five groundballs and three caused turnovers while Cricket Fligor generated six saves and four groundballs.

- Babson ended the night with advantages in shots (39-26), groundballs (29-21), and draw controls (20-12).

- The Engineers were 12-of-23 during their clearing attempts and converted five of their six free-position attempts.

- The Beavers were 14-of-16 during their clearing attempts and went 6-of-10 from eight meters. 


- MIT returns to action on Friday, April 12 when it hosts Westfield State University at 6:00 p.m. Babson, meanwhile, continues NEWMAC play on Saturday, April 13 when it hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at 1:00 p.m.


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