Women's Lacrosse Falls to Babson

Photo by Keith Nordstrom
Photo by Keith Nordstrom

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team looked to extend their win streak on Saturday against the Babson College Beavers, but fell 18-8 at Nordin Field in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup.

The Lyons move to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in conference play while the Beavers advance to 6-4 and 3-0 in NEWMAC competition.

Babson senior Emily Bresnahan single-handedly outscored Wheaton when she registered an outstanding 12 goals with senior Francesca Giovanucci tallying five goals and one assist and junior Julia Harrigan recording one goal and one assist.

Wheaton first-year Molly Covarrubias tallied four goals in the matchup with senior Hannah Gasperoni earning a hat trick herself while also grabbing on assist. Junior Katie Peters also notched one goal and one assist on the day.

The Lyons were the first to jump on the board when Gasperoni found Peters to dish out their first goal of the game within the first two minutes. However, Babson would be quick to respond with a goal of their own to tie it at 23:03. Covarrubias pushed Wheaton ahead when she drilled in her first goal of the game, but the Beavers would respond with four goals immediately after to take the 5-2 lead. The Lyons would chip away at the gap leading into halftime with the final goal of the first half coming from Gasperoni, putting them within one.

The Beavers came out blazing after halftime, scoring 12 of their goals including four unanswered goals to open the second half, all from Bresnahan. Covarrubias was able to sneak a goal through at 22:08 to get Wheaton on the board again, but Babson would take it right back with three additional goals, extending their lead to 13-6.

The offensive momentum would go on to remain with the Beavers as they notched four more goals to end the game and seal the 18-8 win over the Lyons.

Babson first-year goalkeeper Olivia Phelan (2-2) collected eight saves on the day while Wheaton junior goalkeeper Molly Witten (5-2) earned five.

The Beavers held the 23-22 advantage on ground balls and 15-13 mark on draw controls.

Wheaton competes next on Sunday where they host Bowdoin College in a non-conference matchup scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.

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