SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 29, 2006 – Springfield College junior attacker Ashley Martell (Billerica, Mass.) scored two goals and assisted on two other scores as the top-seeded Pride defeated No. 4 Babson College, 10-5, this afternoon in the semifinal round of the 2006 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, hosted by SC at Benedum Field.
The Pride (10-5) moves on to face second-seeded Wheaton College tomorrow afternoon in the NEWMAC Tournament Championship, as the Lyons defeated No. 6 Mount Holyoke College, 15-12, in the second semifinal today at Benedum Field. The title game will be played at 1:00 p.m.
SC controlled the game early, scoring the first two goals while taking a 5-1 advantage into the break after the first 30 minutes of action. In the second stanza, the Pride scored three quick goals in five minutes and 17 seconds to take an 8-2 lead. Babson College (10-8) would not go away quietly, however, as the Beavers went on a 3-0 run to cut the lead to 8-5 with just 8:50 remaining in the contest. SC then shut the door after the late Babson run, outscoring the Beavers by a 2-0 margin the rest of the way for the 10-5 victory.
The Pride enjoyed a balanced attack on offense, as juniors Heidi Eidse (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) and Rachel Lampros (Boxborough, Mass.), and senior midfielder Holly Carmody (Wayland, Mass.) each chipped in with two goals. Eidse and Lampros each added assists in the win.
Babson was led by senior midfielder Ashley Platt (Centerville, Mass.) with three scores, as freshmen Jackie Godfrey (Franklin, Mass.) and Lindsay Bucci (Mendon, Mass.) each added a goal.
In the second semifinal game, Wheaton College sophomore midfielder Sara Dimick (Cumberland, Maine) scored five goals to lead the Lyons over Mount Holyoke, 15-12, in a very close game in which neither team led by more than three goals at any points.
Mount Holyoke (8-10) was led by freshman midfielder Marika Austin (Ashton, Md.) with an impressive seven goals and one assist for eight total points of offense. Senior attacker Caitlin Taylor (Yarmouth, Maine) also chipped in with three goals for the #6 Lyons.
Wheaton College (9-6) sophomore midfielder Alexa Jurczak (Davidsonville, Md.) helped pace the #2 Lyons with four goals, as senior Julia Coit (South Portland, Maine) and Meredith Hurd (Bath, Maine) each added two scores for Wheaton, which was too much for Mount Holyoke in the end.