Tingley's four goals lead Panthers in setback
BABSON PARK, Mass. – In an early season women's lacrosse matchup between two conference favorites, Babson College pulled away from Plymouth State University, 17-9, in a non-conference game at MacDowell Field on Wednesday afternoon.
PSU (0-1), pegged as the favorite in the Little East Conference (LEC) preseason coaches' poll, trailed Babson (2-0), the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason favorite, by a slim 12-9 margin with just over 14 minutes to play, but the Beavers notched the last five goals of the game to earn the win.
The Panther seniors led the offense, with Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) leading the way with four goals and a pair of assists. Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) added a pair of goals and Sophia Guerriero (Essex, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and an assist. Guerriero led PSU with 4 draw controls, while junior Kimmie Zuccaro (Townsend, Mass.) led Plymouth State with five ground balls.
Babson was led by senior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.), who scored three goals and led all players with 12 draw controls. Junior Alexis Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) had four goals and a pair of assists, while classmate Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) added three goals.
Sullivan gave Plymouth State an early 1-0 lead, scoring just 16 seconds into the contest. Lenaghan evened the score six minutes later, but Sullivan answered for PSU to make it 2-1 after ten minutes.
Lenaghan again tied the score, starting a run of five straight goals for the Beavers, and the home team took a 6-2 lead with nearly 12 minutes to play in the first half. Plymouth closed with three straight goals, with two coming on free position shots by Tingley and Guerriero, to make it a 6-5 game at the half.
Babson scored five of the first six goals of the second half to take an 11-6 lead, but junior Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) and Tingley combined for three tallies to cut the deficit to 12-9 with 14:25 remaining. The home team answered with five straight scores to wrap up the win.
Senior Clarissa Foote (Weare, N.H.) made 16 saves and scooped up four ground balls for the Panthers, but fell to 0-1. Her counterpart, sophomore Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) made 11 saves to improve to 2-0.
Both teams return to action on Saturday, as the Panthers travel to MIT for a 1:15 p.m. start and Babson hosts Skidmore at 3:00 p.m.
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