Babson Park, Mass. - April 23, 2016 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to Babson College, 8-6, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the loss, the Pride is now 10-5 overall with a conference record of 5-2, while the Beavers improve to 11-3, and remain unbeaten in the league with a mark of 7-0. With today's win, Babson clinced the NEWMAC Regular-Season title and will serve as the host of the 2016 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament.
The two sides were even in the ground ball battle, both posting 13, while the Beavers posted 22 shots to the Pride's 12. Additionally, Babson held a 9-7 advantage in draw controls and was 2-for-2 on free-position chances on the afternoon.
Springfield had six different goal scorers in the setback, as Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted a pair of assists over 60 minutes of play. Freshman defender Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) had a game-high six ground balls, while in net, junior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) had seven saves on the day. Senior Heather Raniolo (Ossining, N.Y.), who was one of six players to score a goal, led all players with four draw controls for the Pride.
Heather Raniolo gave Springfield a 1-0 lead with a free-position strike just under four minutes into the contest before the Green and White responded with three straight goals. Sophomore Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) converted a feed from Giovannuci and Bresnahan followed with back-to-back markers to make it 3-1 with 18:08 left in the opening half.
Mahoney had a chance to give the Pride the lead four minutes later but hit the crossbar with her free-position attempt. The Green and White took advantage as Bresnahan broke the 5-5 deadlock and sparked a three-goal Beavers' runs with her fifth marker of the day with 21:38 remaining. Tucci and junior Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass.) scored nearly nine minutes apart to extend the Babson lead to 8-5 with 7:13 left. Sophomore Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) cut the Springfield defcit to 8-6 with 5:09 to play, but the Green and White won the ensuing draw and never gave up possession over the final five minutes.
Springfield will close out its 2016 regular season when it travels to Emerson on Wednesday, April 27 for a 6 p.m. contest.