Babson Park, Mass. - April 10, 2010 - In a rematch of last year's NEWMAC Tournament Championship game, the Babson College women's lacrosse team used a 5-3 run over the final 12:31 of the game to break open a 5-4 game as it edged visiting Springfield College, 10-7, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash on Saturday afternoon.
Babson College junior Alyssa Hood scored four goals and senior captain Kaitlyn Pettengill scored three goals and added two assists in the win, which boosted Babson's record to 9-3 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in league play. Springfield drops to 6-3 with the loss and are now 2-1 in the NEWMAC.
Babson sophomore Erin Daley started the scoring off early with an unassisted goal just 32 second in. The game remained 1-0 in favor of Babson for the next ten minutes until Pettengill scored her first goal of the day at 19:28 to give Babson the 2-0 lead. Springfield College senior Jenn Zubkus put the Pride on the board with a free position goal at the 13:50 mark and teammate junior Nicole Soucie scored off a Zubkus assist just two minutes later to tie the game 2-2. Babson first-year Jamie Spang scored the final goal of the half at 6:01 remaining off a free position shot to give Babson the 3-2 lead entering the break.
Zubkus tied the game again, 3-3, when she scored a free position goal to start the second half at the 27:28 mark. Babson then scored six of the next seven goals to give them their biggest lead of the game, 9-4, with 7:12 remaining in the contest. Hood scored all four of her goals during this run. Springfield tried to close the gap with back-to-back goals at 3:40 and 3:01 to close the lead to three, 9-6. The two teams then traded goals once more resulting in the 10-7 victory for Babson.
Hood finished with four goals and one assist for five total points. Pettengill also finished with five points scoring three goals and adding two assists. Spang, Daley, and senior captain Anna Collins each finished with one goal in the win. Defensively, Babson was led by Pettengill who tallied three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Junior Ellen McCurdy also had a strong defensive showing picking up four ground balls.
The Pride were led by Soucie who scored three goals. Zubkus followed with two goals and one assist and sophomore Jackie Moscardelli and first-year Meghan Flanagan each finished with one goal. Zubkus also had a game-high four draw controls.
Babson junior goalkeeper Sarah Macary played all 60 minutes making seven total saves. Senior Lauren McAulay also went the distance in net for the Pride making 11 saves.
Springfield will next host Mount Holyoke College in a 7pm NEWMAC matchup on Tuesday.