No. 10 Babson Overpowers MIT, 23-13
April 8, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A strong second half in which nationally-ranked No. 10 Babson College converted 13 of its 20 shots helped lead it to a 23-13 win over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse game on Tuesday. Laura Watson paced the Engineers (1-6, 0-2 NEWMAC) with six goals, including five in a row. Lindsay Bucci (six goals) and Jackie Godfrey (four goals, two assists) led the Beavers (10-1, 3-0 NEWMAC) with six points apiece.
Babson opened the contest with six unanswered goals that featured six different scorers. Jess Parker and Jackie Godfrey assisted in each other's tallies to start the contest. MIT ended the run on Erica Little's unassisted tally at the 17:08 mark. During the next minute, Kaitlyn Pettengill and Anna Collins helped extend the Beavers' lead to 8-1. The Engineers countered with back-to-back goals of their own coming on a free-position shot by Samantha O'Keefe and a strike from Watson that was set-up Casey Flynn. Anita Martignetti and Pettengill pushed Babson's advantage to 10-3 with 8:25 on the clock.
The visitors were held scoreless for the remainder of the half as MIT posted five unanswered goals to close the frame. Little connected on a pass from O'Keefe to start the run as Watson recorded the final four tallies including a pair of free-position shots.
Coming out of the intermission, Watson struck again and cut the Engineers' deficit in half (10-9) after 1:10 elapsed. The Beavers ended their scoring drought on the ensuing draw when Martignetti scooped up the ball and found the back of the net. Collins quickly gave Babson some breathing room with a solo effort at 27:13. MIT continued to attack as Lily He converted a feed from Flynn almost five minutes later to narrow the gap to two (12-10). The Beavers responded with an 11-3 run to close the game, as Lindsay Bucci accounted for five goals and Godfrey tallied three goals and an assist.
O'Keefe finished the night with four draw controls, two goals and an assist while Flynn compiled four draw controls, two assists and a goal. Watson balanced her offensive performance with five groundballs and three caused turnovers. In net, Monique Squiers collected five saves and five groundballs.
Pettengill registered three goals and an assist as Collins contributed four goals. Martignetti notched a hat-trick while Godfrey racked up a game-high six groundballs. Sarah Macary tallied five saves and five goals for the Beavers.
Both squads will host NEWMAC opponents in their upcoming games. MIT will take on Smith College on Saturday, April 12 while Babson will square off with Wellesley College on Tuesday, April 15.