Babson Tops Engineers in NEWMAC Semifinals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Babson College women's lacrosse team advanced to its fifth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship on Saturday afternoon after dispatching MIT, 16-3, at Springfield College's Stagg Field.

The second-seeded Beavers improved to 9-7, while the third-seeded Engineers their season with a ledger of 9-6.

After MIT scored the opening goal of the game, Babson netted 14 unanswered goals en route to the 13-goal victory. Colleen Mulligan led Babson with five goals, while teammate Alyssa Hood found the back of the cage four times. Jamie Spang added three goals, while Trisha Babson collected four draw controls. Sarah Macary played just over 55 minutes in goal and was outstanding as she posted 15 saves while giving up just two goals.

For MIT, Erica Little, Molly McShane, and Katie Kauffman each scored once, while Sarah Ritter made seven saves between the pipes. Ritter also added a team-best three ground balls in the loss.

MIT opened up the scoring with their lone goal of the first half at the 22:58 mark on an unassisted strike by Kauffman. The remainder of the half belonged to the Beavers as they scored the final nine goals to take a commanding 9-1 lead after 30 minutes of play. Babson converted on six unassisted goals and added three free-position strikes in the run. Mulligan was tremendous for Babson as she found the back of the cage three times, while Lockwood and Hood added a pair.

Babson continued to pour on the offensive pressure as five straight goals to start the second half increased the margin to 14-1. MIT would eventually score its first goal in nearly 40 minutes on McShane's free-position strike at the 13:00 minute mark. Goals from Spang and Mulligan sandwiched an unassisted marker by Little as Babson took the game with in a 16-3 final.

The Beavers held a 28-22 advantage in shots and went 16-20 on clear attempts. MIT was limited to just 1-9 on free-position shots, while Babson converted on six of its 10 tries.

Courtesy of Springfield College Sports Information