May 1, 2010

Top-Seeded Babson Downs No. 5 MIT, 16-7, in NEWMAC Semifinals

Courtesy of Babson College Sports Information

BABSON PARK, Mass. – Kaitlyn Pettengill recorded five points and Alyssa Hood added four to lead the top-seeded Babson College Beavers to a convincing 16-7 victory over fifth-seeded MIT in the semifinal round of the 2010 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Babson's MacDowell Field on Saturday.

With the win, the 10th-ranked Beavers advance to their fourth straight conference final, as they will host second-seeded Springfield College in the NEWMAC Championship Game on Sunday at 1 p.m. after the Pride knocked off third-seeded Mount Holyoke College, 17-10, in Saturday's second semifinal.

The Engineers finish the season with a record of 9-7, marking the first time the program has registered back-to-back winning campaigns.

MIT was paced by Erica Little, who scored three goals in defeat, and Casey Flynn, who added a game-high three assists. Meghan Wright paced the squad with four groundballs, followed by three from Lauren Rodda. Alex Wright recorded four draw controls and two groundballs as Stephanie Leger contributed four groundballs. Allison Hamilos played the entire game in net, finishing with 10 saves.

With her three goals and two assists, Pettengill moved past fellow senior captain Anna Collins for first place on Babson's all-time list with 269 career points. Collins added two goals in the victory to increase her point total to 267, while Hood contributed three goals and one assist. Also adding multiple points for the Beavers were Taylor Kralovenec and Kristy Benoit, who each had two goals and one assist, Erin Daley and Trisha Babson, who had one goal and two assists apiece, and Jamie Spang, who joined Collins with two goals. Goalie Sarah Macary went the distance in net for Babson, making six saves.

Babson took control of the game early on, opening the contest with a 4-0 run that featured goals from Spang, Pettengill, Daley, and Trisha Babson. Kelly Duncan finally put MIT on the board with 14:17 left on a free-position attempt, but the Beavers rattled off four more unanswered scores to increase their advantage to 8-1. Trisha Babson scored the first two, while Pettengill and Kralovenec also contributed scores. Molly McShane netted the Engineers' second goal of the game, connecting on a pass from Flynn with 6:16 remaining in the opening period. However, Kralovenec struck again at the three-minute mark to give the hosts a 9-2 lead at the break.

The Beavers continued to add to their advantage in the second, as Pettengill scored once and Hood tallied two in a row to make it 12-2 with 17:54 left in the contest. MIT would mount a comeback attempt with a 5-2 run over the next 15 minutes, to narrow the gap to 14-7. Little scored three times during the spurt, with Flynn earning assists on the first two goals. Laura Wacker converted a feed from Katie Kauffman while Leger buried a free-position shot. Babson responded with two goals during the final 41 seconds to claim the win.