Late Rally Not Enough as No. 12 Babson Edges Women’s Lacrosse, 12-11

Springfield, Mass. – April 11, 2009 – Despite scoring the final four goals of the game and holding the 12th-ranked team in the country off the scoreboard for the final 21 minutes, the Springfield College women’s lacrosse team fell to rival Babson, 12-11, in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) battle.

The win improves Babson to 8-2 on the year, but more importantly gives them a 3-0 record in league play. The Pride now stand at 7-4, 1-2 in NEWMAC action.

Trailing 8-6 at the half, Alexandra Bazzano buried an unassisted strike just over two minutes into the second half to make it an 8-7 contest. However, the Beavers went on to rattle off the game’s next four goals to take a commanding 12-7 lead. The duo of Anna Collins and Jackie Godfrey simply took over the game to put Babson in front. Godfrey assisted on three-straight strikes from Collins in a three-minute span and it appeared as though Springfield had no answers for the Beaver attack.

However, the Pride defense went on to shut down Babson for the final 21 minutes of the game and a Zubkus goal kick started the Pride’s rally as she netted an unassisted strike at the 19:36 mark. Nicole Soucie scored after finishing a Megan O’Brien pass just over two minutes later as the Springfield offense began to show life. A Heather Dobson free-position goal made it 12-10 with 8:23 remaining and SC made it a one-goal game after Erin Doolan scored her third goal of the game on another free-position goal at the 6:05 mark.

Babson regained possession and held onto the ball in the waning minutes, until Kaeleigh Lannan forced a turnover with 25 seconds remaining. Following a Springfield timeout, Bazzano got the ball upfield in a hurry and found Heather Dobson running toward the cage. After a collision in front the crease, Springfield was unable to get a shot off as the Beavers held on for the one-goal victory.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as the teams traded goals for a good part of the opening 30 minutes. The Beavers netted three unanswered strikes to gain a 8-4 lead after Jess Parker finished a Godfrey pass with 5:40 left. Springfield managed to rally as it used goals from Doolan and Soucie to close out the half trailing by just two, 8-6.

Collins led the way with five goals and an assist, while Godfrey handed out five assists of her own. Sarah Macary was very solid between the pipes, recording 10 saves and causing a pair of turnovers. Trisha Babson registered six draw controls and Kaitlyn Pettengilll finished with five caused turnovers.

For the Pride, Doolan and Zubkus each netted hat tricks in the loss. Meghan Wisell added four ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Pride as well. Lauren McAulay tallied eight saves in goal for SC.

The Pride will next play on Tuesday evening when it travels to take on local-foe Mount Holyoke at 7:00 pm.