Springfield, Mass. - March 31, 2018 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to visiting Babson College, 11-10, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field, as the Beavers used four goals in the final 7:54 to overcome a three-goal deficit and take the one-goal win.
With the loss, the Pride is now 5-5 on the year while Babson improves to 5-4 overall. The Beavers are also now 2-0 in the NEWMAC, while Springfield College falls to 1-1 against league opponents. The Pride held a slight 26-24 advantage in shots, while Babson secured 14 draw controls compared to Springfield's eight. The Pride also held a 26-13 advantage in ground balls over 60 minutes of play.
Leading the Pride offensively was a pair of three-goal efforts from Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) and Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), while Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) handed out three assists in the setback. Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) picked up a team-high four draw controls, while Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) and Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) both caused five turnovers on the day. In net, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) made five stops in the loss.
Babson's Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) was dominant on the draw as she came away with eight draw controls, while also scoring two goals in the win. Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J.) recorded five goals for the Beavers, while in net, Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) had 11 saves.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage on a pair of goals from Steidler, assisted by Corsano and Goddard, respectively, before McGuire got the Beavers on the board with a goal at the 18:51 mark of the first half. From there, Mahoney would finish an assist from Goddard at the 10:55 mark, before McGuire netted her second of the half, forcing a 3-2 Springfield College lead with 9:12 to play.
With 7:10 to play in the stanza, Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) found Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) to give the Pride a 4-2 lead, before Nusbaum converted a free-position chance to push Springfield's lead to three before halftime.
Coming out in the second half, Goddard found Corsano off the end line for an easy goal to give Springfield College a 6-2 advantage, before Harrigan answered with back-to-back goals just 2:02 apart to cut the Beavers' deficit to two. Schroeher would score unassisted at the 23:31 mark, but Babson's Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) kept pace with a free-position goal of her own with 22:52 remaining, making it 7-5, Springfield.
Both sides would trade goals until Nusbaum finished off a great clear from the Pride with a goal in transition, making it 10-7, but McGuire's goal at the 7:54 mark sparked the four-goal run to end it for the Beavers.
Next, the Pride will hit the road and take on Westfield State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.