Women's Lacrosse Falls To Third-Ranked Franklin & Marshall, 15-4, In NCAA Second Round

Defending national champs prove too strong for Beavers.

Lindsay Bucci '09 scored three goals on Saturday.

May 10, 2008

LANCASTER, Pa. - The Babson College women's lacrosse team's magnificent 2008 season came to a close on Saturday, as the Beavers fell to defending national champion Franklin & Marshall College, 15-4, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. With the loss, the Beavers, ranked 12th in the nation, finished the year with a record of 16-3.

Babson stayed with the third-ranked Diplomats early on, putting up 11 shots in the first half to F&M's 16. However, the hosts' suffocating defense forced six of the Beavers' bids off net, while goalie Lidia Sanza successfully denied four others. Meanwhile, the Diplomats' powerful offense scored the first six goals of the game before senior tri-captain Anita Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) put Babson on the board just before the half.

The Beavers cut their deficit to 6-2 when sophomore Kaitlyn Pettengill (Hopkinton, Mass.) assisted junior Lindsay Bucci (Medford, Mass.) just 3:15 into the second half, but F&M responded with seven consecutive scores to put the game away. Bucci netted two more goals late in the contest, but it would not be enough to prevent Franklin & Marshall's 15-4 victory.

Bucci paced Babson with three goals, while senior Melissa Martin (Andover, Mass.) joined Pettengill with one assist. Senior tri-captain Bethany Nardone (Duxbury, Mass.) led the defense with a groundball and two caused turnovers, while junior Jackie Godfrey (Franklin, Mass.) picked up four groundballs. In addition to her seven saves in net, first-year goalie Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.) also recorded a team-high five groundballs.



Mary Blake Harges led F&M with four goals and two assists, while Meredith Lussier also scored four times. Shannon Summers netted one goal to go along with a game-high six assists, and Sarah Meisenberg chipped in with two goals, four assists, four groundballs, and three caused turnovers. Sanza went the distance in net for the Diplomats, finishing with six saves.

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