The conference runner-up for the second straight year, Springfield sees its record fall to 10-8 on the season.
Senior captains Kaitlyn Pettengill and Anna Collins both made history in the win for Babson, as each surpassed the program’s all-time goals record of 213 previously held by Athletics Hall of Fame member Tracy Russell ’97. With four goals and one assist on Sunday, Pettengill now boasts a new program record 216 goals in her career, while Collins is close behind with 214 career scores after posting three goals and one assist in the title game. The All-American duo also holds the top two spots on Babson’s career points list, with Pettengill having 274 and Collins adding 271.
Junior Alyssa Hood and first-year Jamie Spang both joined their senior teammates with outstanding offensive performances on Sunday, as each netted a game-high five goals in the win. Sophomore Trisha Babson also added a monster game for the Beavers, leading all players with six assists and nine draw controls.
Along with its high-powered offense, Babson received a solid effort from its defensive unit. Senior captain Marissa Monaco and junior Kristy Benoit combined for seven groundballs and three caused turnovers to pace the group. When the Pride did manage to break through, Babson junior goalie Sarah Macary was tremendous between the pipes, making 15 saves – including five on free positions – while allowing just three goals in just under 55 minutes of action. Senior captain Laura Bronner played the final five minutes in net for the Beavers and did not face a shot on goal in the final NEWMAC Tournament game of her career.
Sophomore Jackie Moscardelli led Springfield with a pair of goals to go with three groundballs, while first-year Allie Davis also added a goal. Senior goalkeeper Lauren McAulay played the entire game in net for the Pride, finishing with six saves.
Babson built a 6-2 advantage after the first half of play. Collins gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead with an unassisted score just 58 seconds in, and Spang made it 2-0 when she struck at 23:28. However, Springfield would respond with two quick scores over the next two minutes to tie the contest. Moscardelli netted the first at 22:04, and Davis tallied the second at 21:38.
The Beavers closed the opening period with a 4-0 run, including three scores by Hood. The junior attack converted a nice feed from Trisha Babson at 18:16, and then added an unassisted strike at 15:22. The Pride threatened to answer at the 10-minute mark, but Monaco and Bridget McCurdy raced back to stop a 3-on-2 break that ultimately ended with an interception by Macary.
Babson made it 5-2 when Collins converted a free position with a shot over a pair of Springfield defenders with 4:20 left in the half, and Hood scored her third of the game off another Trisha Babson feed with 1:45 left to give the hosts a 6-2 cushion heading into the break.
Spang opened the second half with a free position score following a defensive three-second call to increase Babson’s lead to 7-2 with 27:21 left, but the Pride answered when Moscardelli received a pass from junior Meagan Dobson and converted her second goal of the day to make it 7-3 with 24:48 left in regulation.
From that point forward, the contest belonged to the Beavers, who scored 10 unanswered goals in the final 24 minutes to run away with the 17-3 victory. Pettengill netted the first at 23:53 and then assisted Spang on a goal just 21 seconds later. Collins made it three in a row when she scored on a rebound of Pettengill’s shot to eclipse Russell’s career goals mark at 22:39, and Pettengill then matched and surpassed her teammate with consecutive goals at 17:30 and 15:13. Hood and Spang would each tally two more goals while Pettengill added one in the final 13 minutes to give Babson the 17-3 win.