Women's lacrosse nipped at No. 11 Babson







BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The 11th-ranked Babson College women’s lacrosse team defeated Bates College 14-11 in a non-conference contest Wednesday evening at MacDowell Field. The Beavers were led by Jackie Godfrey, who tallied four goals and two assists. For Bates, senior Caroline Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) had a game-high six goals, including the 100th of her career. With the win, Babson improves to 4-2 overall and Bates is now 4-3.

Babson came out strong, scoring the first four goals of the game in eight minutes of play. Bates answered back with three consecutive goals of their own, two by Thomas and one by first-year Caroline Pierce (Weston, Mass.), making the score 4-3 in the favor of the Beavers with 5:28 left to play in the first half.  The two teams then traded goals for the remainder of the period with Babson taking the lead at halftime 7-5.

Bates scored the first two goals of the second period in under three minutes of play, with a free-position goal by sophomore Abby Saucier (Yarmouth, Maine) and an unassisted tally by Thomas, to tie the game at 7-7.  Babson then scored the next four goals to bring the score to 11-7 with 11:15 left to play. The Bobcats were able to get within two goals on two separate occasions, including a 13-11 deficit after junior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) scored with 1:59 left and first-year Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) tallied an unassisted goal with 23 seconds to go. A goal at the buzzer by Alyssa Hood resulted in the 14-11 Babson victory.

Thomas led the Bobcats with six goals and one assist. Dannis finished with two goals and one assist, while Radis, Caroline Pierce and Saucier each added one goal for the Bobcats, and sophomore Briana Gross (Westwood, Mass.) added one assist. Dannis also added a team-high six ground balls. Sophomore goalkeeper Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) played the entire game in net for Bates, making 11 saves and adding three ground balls.

For the Beavers, six different players scored. Kaitlyn Pettengill followed Godfrey with four goals and one assist. Anna Collins had three goals on the night and Alyssa Hood, Trisha Babson, and Lindsay Bucci each added one goal in the victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Macary played all 60 minutes in goal and made 11 saves.

Thomas, an All-NESCAC midfielder last season, entered the game with 95 career goals and now has 101.

Bates will host Amherst in a NESCAC matchup on Saturday at 12 p.m.

STATS: Babson 14, Bates 11