No. 16 Babson holds off Haverford
Mulligan leads Beavers with six goals and seven points
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Nationally-ranked Babson College built a 10-3 lead in the first half of play and then withstood a second-half comeback attempt by visiting Haverford as the Beavers held on to defeat the Fords 15-10 in a non-conference contest at MacDowell Field on Thursday afternoon. Babson, ranked 16th in the country by the IWLCA, improved to 2-1 with the win, while Haverford suffered its first loss of the spring to fall to 3-1.
Junior Colleen Mulligan led the Beavers with six goals and one assist for seven points in the win, while sophomore Jamie Spang added five goals and three groundballs. Senior captain Alyssa Hood chipped in with three groundballs, and junior Trisha Babson contributed three assists while matching Mulligan with a team-high four draw controls. Senior captain Sarah Macary anchored the Beavers’ stalwart defense with 11 saves in net.
For Harverford, sophomore Perrin Downing recorded three goals and two assists for five points, while junior Josie Ferri added three goals and one helper for four points. Senior captain Kayleigh Herrick-Reynolds picked up a team-best four draw controls for the Fords, and junior Leah Hammerschlag combined with first-year Shannon Horn to post five saves in net.
Haverford grabbed a quick 1-0 lead on a Downing goal just over two minutes into the game, but Babson took over with a dominating 9-1 run during the next 23 minutes. Spang netted four goals during the run, Mulligan chipped in with three others and Hood tossed in a pair as the Beavers amassed a 9-2 lead. Haverford senior Liz Mayell scored off a Ferri assist to make it 9-3 with 3:42 left in the half, but Beavers’ senior Kristy Benoit answered on a free position to give the hosts a 10-3 advantage going into the break.
The Fords began their comeback bid early in the second, netting back-to-back goals as part of a 4-1 run that cut the Beavers’ lead to 11-7. Spang then scored her fifth of the day and eighth of the season at 15:08, and Mullligan followed with her fifth of the day and 11th of the spring to push Babson’s lead back to six at 13-7.
Haverford made one final push over the next seven minutes, as Ferri, junior Alexa Pesce and sophomore Grace Stockbower each scored during a 3-0 run that made it 13-10. However, Hood and Mulligan both scored in the final two minutes of regulation as the Beavers held on for the 15-10 win.
In addition to Macary’s 11 saves in net, Babson’s stellar defensive effort also included two caused turnovers from junior Erin Daley, two groundballs and one CT from sophomore Emma Locke and one groundball, one CT and three draw controls from junior Bridget McCurdy.