Norton, Mass. - April 28, 2013 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team won its second-straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday with a 7-2 victory over Babson College.
The Pride (11-7) captured their fifth conference title in program history and have earned an automatic bid in the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament which begins on Wednesday, May 8. The selection show for the tournament will occur on Sunday, May 5.
Babson’s season comes to a close at 9-8 overall. From 2007-2011, Babson claimed five-straight conference titles before losing to Springfield in the last two championships.
Junior goalkeeper Anne Versprille was named the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Versprille stopped nine shots for the Pride in their 14-9 triumph over second-seeded Mount Holyoke on Saturday and tallied a game-high 13 saves versus Babson. In two games played in the NEWMAC Tournament, Versprille recorded 22 saves, a 5.25 goals against average and a .688 save percentage in 114:23 of action.
Springfield sophomore Michelle Dorsey paced the offense with a game-high three markers and two ground balls. Freshman Connie Nielsen, seniors Meghan Flanagan and Allie Davis and junior Kelly Gallo all chipped in with one goal apiece.
Babson senior Taylor Kralovenec potted her lone marker at 10:04 of the first half while first-year Kayla Farina found the back of the net with 7:49 remaining in the opening stanza.
The Pride went on a 3-0 run to start the contest as Dorsey connected for back-to-back goals at 23:48 and 17:22. Gallo followed with her 27th marker of the season with 13:31 on the scoreboard. The Beavers cut into the deficit with two unanswered goals from Kralovenec and Farina to close out the gap.
Versprille was the difference in the second half for Springfield as the junior goalkeeper made seven saves total. Versprille kept Babson’s attack at bay after the Pride went up 4-2 at the 28:05 mark turning away five shots, including two free position attempts, over a 17:40 span. The Beavers controlled the majority of possession during that stretch compiling four ground balls, three successful clears, one caused turnover and draw control.
Flanagan buried her 24th goal of the season at 10:25 to give Springfield a 5-2 lead. Davis netted her 12th marker of the season at 8:18 and Dorsey sealed the victory with her 32nd tally of the year at 6:27.
In two games in the tournament, Dorsey guided the offense with six goals, three assists, nine points, eight ground balls and three draw controls. Babson junior Misha Beatty registered a team-leading 14 points in three games with seven goals and seven helpers.
Springfield outshot Babson, 25-15, went 13-for-16 in clear attempts and won the draw controls matchup, 7-5.