Second-Seeded Babson Prevails Over Top-Seeded Women's Lacrosse in NEWMAC Championship

Second-Seeded Babson Prevails Over Top-Seeded Women's Lacrosse in NEWMAC Championship

Springfield, Mass. - May 7, 2017 - Playing in its third-straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship game, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to Babson, 12-5, on Sunday afternoon at Stagg Field. 

Babson, which was the No. 2 seed in the tournament, improves to 13-5 overall, while Springfield College, which won its sixth NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Regular-Season Championship in 2017, falls to 13-5 on the year.

For her efforts throughout the weekend, Babson's Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.)  was named the NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. 

The Beavers will learn their  fate in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament during the NCAA Selection Show, to be broadcasted here on Sunday, May 7 at 9:30 p.m.

Babson held a 26-10 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also winning the ground ball battle, 22-10. Springfield College was able to secure nine draw controls compared to the Beavers' six, but the stingy Babson defense caused 18 turnovers from the Pride, including 10 in the first half.

Senior attacker Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) led the Beavers with five points, including four goals and an assist, while O'Halloran finished the weekend with three assists to build off of her five-point performance on Saturday in Babson's win over Wellesley. In net, Stevie Burger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) made four stops in the win.

In net for Springfield College, senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) finished with eight saves on the afternoon, while Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) and Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) registered two points apiece. Mahoney also collected a game-high four draw contorls, while Steidler picked up a team-best three ground balls in the setback.

Babson jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage on back-to-back goals from Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.), before the Pride quickly answered, with free-position strikes from Mahoney and Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) to make it 2-2 with 12:18 to play in the first half. 

From there, Babson went on a four-goal run, including markers from Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.), Taylor Hermann (Mahwah, N.J.), Lyndsay Giroux (Westwood, Mass.) and Bresnahan to give the Beavers a 6-2 lead heading into the halftime break.

After Giroux found the back of the net for the second time just 2:07 into the second half, Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) found an open Steidler in front for an easy catch-and-finish to make it 7-3 with with 25:25 to play.

From there, Babson's Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) and Bresnahan scored back-to-back goals for the Beavers, giving the green and white a 9-3 lead with 14:42 left in the game. Bresnahan curled from "x" and tucked a shot past Anderson for her fourth of the game just 40 seconds later to make it 10-3, Babson, before Herrmann scored her second of the game in transition to complete the three-goal spurt over 55 seconds. 

Babson pushed its lead to nine with 10:53 to go in the game when Harrigan found an open Giovanucci in front, who tucked a shot past Anderson for her second of the day, before Mahoney and Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) pulled the Pride back to within seven with consecutive goals. Babson was able to regain possession and drain the clock, clinching its sixth NEWMAC title.