Babson Park, Mass. - May 6, 2018 - Playing in its fourth-consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship game, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to Babson, 15-13, on Sunday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
With the loss, Springfield College, which was the No. 3 seed in the conference championship tournament, closes its season with a record of 14-6, while Babson, which was the top seed in the bracket, improves to 12-7 on the year and will advance to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the second-consecutive season.
Senior midfielder Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) led the Pride all weekend, as she totaled 12 points in two games, including seven on Sunday against Babson with four goals and three assists. Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) notched a game-high seven draw controls and also found the back of the net twice, while freshman Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) finished with five points on four goals and one assists. Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) made eight saves for the Pride in the setback.
Babson owned a 30-27 advantage in shots over 60 minutes, while Springfield College hauled in 18 draw controls to the Beavers' 12. Springfield College also held a 17-15 margin in ground balls, while converting 3-of-5 free position chances.
Springfield College opened the game with three goals in 4:40, including Sarnacki and Mahoney going back-to-back, before Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) found the back of the net with 23:10 on the clock to make it 3-0, Pride. Babson would convert consecutive free-position chances to pull within one, but Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) would find Corsano open in front for a goal to make it 4-2, Springfield College, with 14:09 left in the first half.
After another Babson goal to make it 4-3, Springfield College got some separation as Mahoney scored twice within 1:11 to push the Pride's lead to three, but Babson would answer with a three-goal run to tie the game up at six apiece with 2:15 to play in the first half. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Mahoney set up Corsano for a goal to give the Pride a 7-6 lead at the halftime break.
Babson came out in the second half and scored four goals in 3:55 to go up 10-7, but Sarnacki would stop the run with a free-position goal at the 24:29 mark, pulling the Pride back to within two. Sarnacki and Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) would make it a one-goal game with 18:12 on the clock, before Mahoney and Schroeher both finished their chances, resulting in a 12-12 score with 6:13 to play.
The Beavers would then win a series of draw controls, and score three goals in a span of 2:21 to take a 15-12 lead, before Sarnacki made it a two-goal game once again, but the Pride's rally fell short, resulting in Babson taking the 15-13 win.
Photo courtesy of Brian Foley.