No. 16 women's lacrosse team falls at Babson

Katie Allard scored two goals in Bates' loss at Babson on March 6, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Four days after the biggest win in recent program history Saturday at Middlebury, the Bates women's lacrosse team was itself upset Wednesday by Babson College, as the host Beavers beat the 16th-ranked Bobcats 17-6.

Babson (2-1) turned the tables on Bates after suffering an 18-10 defeat in Lewiston a season ago. The Beavers notched their first win over a nationally ranked team since 2010.

Senior Lexi Lenaghan tied her career high with seven goals and Babson won 20-of-25 draw controls.

Senior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) and sophomore Kathryn Grennon (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) both scored twice for the Bobcats (3-1). Sophomore Avery Prince (Chevy Chase, Md.) led all players with two caused turnovers, while senior Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.), who today was named national Defensive Player of the Week by the IWLCA, and sophomore Rachael Deptula (Durham, N.H.) combined to make seven saves in the loss. 

Lenaghan dished out two assists for a season-high nine points, while Riley Buonagurio, Sara O'Connor and Coco Creedon all scored twice for the Beavers. Junior Taylor Herrmann led all players with three assists.

The Beavers took a 2-0 lead on goals by O'Connor and Creedon less than a minute into the game, and extended their advantage to 4-0 on tallies by Lenaghan and Sarah McCarthy with 23:38 to go in the opening stanza. Grennon got Bates on the board at the 21:09 mark, but Babson ripped off seven consecutive goals, including four by Lenaghan, to push its bulge to 11-1 with just over seven minutes left before halftime.

Allard scored twice during a three-goal run that helped pull the Bobcats within 11-4 at the half, but goals by Georgia Salvatore and Buonagurio quickly pushed the lead back to nine less than five minutes into the second period. Grennon notched her second marker of the game at the 19:14 mark, only to see O'Connor and Lenaghan follow with back-to-back tallies as the Beavers pushed their advantage back to 15-5 with 13:22 remaining.

Cricket Fligor matched her season high with 11 saves for Babson, while giving up just one goal on the Bobcats' seven free-position opportunities.

Bates visits No. 12 Wesleyan at 12pm on Saturday.