Springfield, Mass. – April 2, 2011 - Meagan Dobson scored the game-winning goal with 2:05 remaining in the third overtime period to lift the Springfield College women's lacrosse team over Babson College, 14-13, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
The win marked Springfield's first victory over the Beavers since 2006 as it now stands at 6-2, 2-0 in NEWMAC action. Babson, which has won four consecutive NEWMAC Championships, drops to 3-6, 0-1 in league play. For Babson, this is its first loss to a NEWMAC opponent since losing to Springfield, 10-5, in the NEWMAC Semifinals on April 29, 2006. It also is the Beavers first regular season NEWMAC loss since April 22, 2006, when it lost to Wellesley, 14-11.
Dobson was sensational in the win as she racked up eight points on four goals and four assists. Both Jackie Moscardelli and Meghan Flanagan scored three times, while Flanagan was responsible for picking up eight draw controls and causing three turnovers in the win. Anne Versprille made just four saves in the win for the Pride.
Babson's offense was fueled by the tandem of Colleen Mulligan and Alyssa Hood, both of whom scored five times on the afternoon. Trisha Babson won five draw controls and Sarah Macary totaled seven saves in the loss in goal.
The Pride started off the opening half with patient offensive sets and used two goals from Nicole Soucie and another from Moscardelli to snag a 3-1 advantage at the 21:51 mark and force Babson into a timeout.
Springfield would later go on to snag a three-goal advantage at 5-2 after Flanagan scored her second-consecutive goal off a feed from Soucie with 14:45 left in the first half.
Just 22 seconds later, Hood would bury a free-position goal to jump start a 7-0 run by the visitors as they jumped to a 9-5 lead. Hood was a force in the stretch as she scored three goals in the run, while Mulligan added a pair of tallies.
Kelly Gallo finally broke through for Springfield’s first strike in almost 14 minutes as she slipped home a goal after a great look by Allie Davis as Babson went into the half with a 9-6 lead.
In the second half, the Beavers owned a three-goal lead at 11-8 after Bridget McCurdy's free-position strike found the back of the cage with 20:41 left in regulation. However, behind the brilliant play of Dobson, Springfield began to mount its rally, as it got to within 12-11 at 12:52 after another Moscardelli strike which was assisted by Dobson. Mulligan answered back 1:21 later to give Babson a two-goal cushion back. However, Springfield would net the final two goals of regulation, on strikes from Flanagan and Dobson to force overtime.
Neither team could find the back of the cage in the first overtime, and Babson's best chance to win came in the second overtime when Jamie Spang's shot with three seconds left hit the crossbar.
In the third overtime session, Dobson won the draw control to give Springfield posession. After Gallo's shot in transition was saved by Macary, the Beavers gained the ball. The possession was short-lived after Flanagan forced a turnover, and 55 seconds into the period, Dobson buried her fourth goal of the game to clinch the thrilling victory.
Springfield continues its three-game homestand on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm when it hosts Williams.