BABSON PARK, Mass. – Five different players recorded hat tricks to lead the Babson College women's lacrosse team to an 18-7 victory over visiting MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at MacDowell Field on Tuesday night. With the win, the Beavers improved to 7-7 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while the Engineers dipped to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in NEWMAC play.
MIT received a team-high three goals from Katie Kaufmann and two scores from Kaitlyn Nealon. Kelly Duncan and Erica Little also netted goals for the Engineers, while goalie Sarah Ritter finished with seven saves. Stephanie Leger tallied three draw controls, setting a new Institute mark for career draw controls, to go along with two groundballs and two caused turnovers. Molly McCartin bolstered the defense with three groundballs and three caused turnovers.
Babson was paced by Alyssa Hood, who scored three goals and assisted two others for a game-high five points, and Trisha Babson, who tallied three goals, one assist, and a team-high eight draw controls. Jamie Spang, Morgan Lockwood, and Colleen Mulligan also netted three goals apiece for the Beavers, while Ellen McCurdy chipped in two goals and one assist. Sarah Macary turned away five shots in net, as Kate Danforth and Kristy Benoit both picked up one groundball in their final regular season home contest.
MIT controlled the pace early on, scoring four of the game's first six goals, including a pair by Nealon, to build a 4-2 lead with 17:39 left in the first half. However, Hood, Babson, and Mulligan all scored within the next three and a half minutes to move their team in front, 5-4, before Kaufmann netted her second of the game to even the score at 5-5 with 12:54 left in the period.
It would be all Babson from that point on, as the hosts scored four straight goals to end the first half and then tacked on four more unanswered strikes to start the second. Spang scored all three of her goals during the decisive 8-0 run, which gave the Beavers a 13-5 lead with just over 20 minutes left in the game. Kaufman would snap the Engineers' scoreless streak with her third of the night at 19:08, but Babson went on to score five of the contest's final six goals to earn the 18-7 victory.
Courtesy of Babson College Sports Information