Babson Park, Mass. - April 5, 2014 - Despite a six-point performance from senior Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to Babson College on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the loss, the Pride fall to 5-6 overall and suffer their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) loss of the season, now standing at 2-1 in conference play. With the win, Babson improves to 4-7 overall and 3-0 against NEWMAC opponents.
Along with Gallo's four goals and two assists to lead the Pride, senior midfielder Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn.) scored three times, while sophomore Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.) had a pair of goals and two assists in the loss.
After trading scores over the first three minutes of play, the Beavers notched four straight goals, two by Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) and two by McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.), to take a 5-1 lead 9:12 into the first half.
Springfield countered with three consecutive tallies of its own, as Nielsen set up Fowler and Gallo before adding a goal of her own to make it 5-4 with 8:04 left in the period.
After four consecutive goals from Babson, junior Elizabeth Poitras (Somers, Conn.) cut the Pride's deficit to three with her only goal of the game, but Francesca Giovannuci (Easton, Mass.) struck for her first tally of the day just two seconds before halftime to give Babson a 9-5 lead after 30 minutes.
After a Babson goal to open the second half, the two sides then traded the next six scores before a free-position goal by Fowler on the heels of Gallo’s fourth tally pulled Springfield to within three at 13-10 with 11:35 to go in the game.
Babson regained a four-goal edge when Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) notched her third strike of the day with 5:17 to go, but Springfield got within three for the last time on a free-position tally by junior Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H.) with 3:15 left.
Senior goalkeeper Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) and Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) of Babson both finished the contest with eight saves apiece.
Although winnning the ground ball battle, 15-11, the Pride were edged by the Beavers in draw controls, a Babson tallied 17 to Springfield's 12.
The Pride will be back in action when it hosts Smith College on Tuesday on Stagg Field. The contest is set to begin at 7 p.m.