May 3, 2008

Top-Seeded Babson Knocks Off Fifth-Seeded MIT, 14-6

May 3, 2008

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BABSON PARK, Mass. - Top-seeded Babson College outscored fifth-seeded MIT, 10-1, in the second half to claim a 14-6 victory over the Engineers in the semifinals of the 2008 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday. The nationally-ranked No. 10 Beavers improved to 14-2 while MIT's season ended with a record of 5-8.

In a closely played first half, each side traded goals until back-to-back scores by Babson put it ahead, 4-3, with 9:15 remaining. Samantha O'Keefe answered with two straight scores, including one with 51 seconds remaining, to give the Engineers a 5-4 advantage heading into the break.

Babson took the lead for good early in the second half, scoring four straight goals from four different players. Anna Collins nettted her third of the day at 25:06, Lindsay Bucci scored at 23:56, Kaitlyn Pettengill struck at 22:45, and Anita Martignetti made it 8-5 at 20:25.

MIT got one goal back when O'Keefe scored her fourth of the afternoon with 14:47 left in the game to make it 8-6. That would be all the Babson defense would allow the rest of the game as Sarah Macary made six of her 12 saves in the second stanza. Meanwhile, the Beavers ripped off six unanswered goals in the final 14 minutes, including three more by Jackie Godfrey and two by Martignetti, as the hosts claimed the 14-6 victory.

Godfrey led all players with five goals and one assist for six points, while Collins finished with three goals, four groundballs and four draw controls. Martignetti chipped in with three goals, Pettengill netted a pair, and Bucci added one goal and two assists. Godfrey led the Beavers' stellar defensive effort, posting four of the team's 16 caused turnovers.

O'Keefe paced MIT with four goals and four draw controls, while Lily He and Laura Watson each added a score. Monique Squiers went the distance in net for the Engineers, making seven saves.