April 29, 2012

Springfield Tops Babson for 2012 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Championship

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Second-seeded Springfield College got four goals from junior Meghan Flanagan (Averill Park, N.Y.) and used a seven goal run spanning both halves to upset top-seeded Babson College 10-6, and claim the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s lacrosse championship this afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its fifth straight victory, Springfield (11-7) earns an automatic berth into the upcoming NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Babson sees its 12-game winning streak come to an end and drops to 13-3 overall.

Senior Jackie Moscardelli (Weymouth, Mass.) scored three times for the Pride, and first-year Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.), junior Allie Davis (Fairfield, Conn.), and sophomore Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) added one goal apiece. Dorsey chipped in with Springfield’s lone assist.

Sophomore Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) scored twice for Babson, who also got one goal each from senior Bridget McCurdy (Weston, Mass.), junior Emma Locke (Boxford, Mass.), and first-years Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) and Jessica DiPhilippo (Falmouth, Maine).

Following Springfield’s first possession, which lasted nearly four minutes to open the game, Locke drew first blood for Babson scoring her 12th goal of the season at 24:58 to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. The Pride responded though, scoring three times over the next 8:47 to take an early two goal edge.

Flanagan won the draw control following Locke’s tally and scored her first goal of the game 36 seconds later to tie the game, before adding her second goal at 16:55 after a two and a half minute possession to give the Pride their first lead at 2-1. Flanagan won the ensuing draw and Moscardelli notched her first goal of the game just 44 seconds later to make it 3-1 Springfield midway through the first half.

The Beavers responded with the next two goals, as McCurdy put home a free position opportunity at 15:09 and Beatty scored the first of her two goals following a Springfield foul to draw Babson even with 13:41 left in half.

Springfield, who had success for much of the afternoon by controlling the tempo and winning loose balls, dominated the final minutes of the first half, scoring five times, and holding Babson without a shot following Beatty’s goal to take control of the contest.

The Pride took advantage of a man-up situation as Flanagan scored 25 seconds after a Babson yellow card to put Springfield ahead to stay with 10:19 remaining before intermission. Springfield then closed the half by scoring four goals in the final 5:42 to take a commanding 8-3 lead into the break.

Dorsey, Moscardelli, and Davis all scored unassisted goals before Gallo closed the half with a free position shot with time expired for the five goal lead.

The Springfield run continued as Flanagan scored her final goal of the day at 24:13 to make it 9-3, and Moscardelli gave the Pride their biggest lead of the game with her third goal with 9:24 remaining to put Springfield ahead 10-3.

Beatty finally broke through for the Beavers, breaking a 35:22 scoreless drought, with her second goal of the day at the 8:19 mark to bring Babson with 10-4. McCurdy won the ensuing draw and fed DiPhilippo, who was fouled, and put away her free position shot to cut the deficit to five just 12 seconds later. Unfortunately for Babson, it wouldn’t be enough, as the Pride regained control and only allowed a final tally to Secrist with 40 seconds remaining to hold on for their fourth NEWMAC Championship.

Sophomore Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) was terrific in goal for Babson, making 11 stops in a losing effort, while her counterpart, Springfield sophomore Anne Verspille (Franklin, Mass.) made five of her seven saves in the second half to help thwart the Babson rally.

Junior Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine) led the Beavers with three groundballs and three forced turnovers. Seniors Erin Daley (Darien, Conn.) and Taylor Wailes (Andover, Mass.) each picked up two ground balls, and junior Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) forced two turnovers.

Flanagan, Dorsey, and senior Brittany LeGuelaff (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) tied for game-high honors with three draw controls apiece for Springfield. Tournament Most Valuable Player, first-year defender Ellie Getchell (Franklin, Mass.) and senior Mackenzie Vita (Somers, Conn.) each caused two turnovers.

The Pride held Babson to a season-low 16 shots kept them to their lowest scoring output of the season. Springfield also held a 13-4 advantage on draw controls, including a 9-2 edge during the first 30 minutes.

This is the fourth consecutive season that Babson and Springfield have met in the NEWMAC Championship Game, and the Pride’s win ends the Beavers’ run of five consecutive championships.

Release courtesy of Babson College Sports Information

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