Women’s Lacrosse loses on the road to Babson 18-11

By Tyler Wahl

Sports Editor

The Rams Women’s Lacrosse team fell to Babson College in a heated high-scoring away game March 30.

Initially, the first quarter didn’t advertise the scoring to come. The teams were knotted up at 0-0 and the defense on both sides seemed solid.

Junior goalie Alexis Burleigh made a few great saves to start the game, but the offensive pressure from Babson eventually resulted in unfavorable situations for the Rams.

Babson was able to put two on the board in under a minute, which gave the Beavers a boost of momentum at the start of the match.

FSU was able to strike back with six minutes left in the first quarter off an unassisted shot from Junior attacker Madison Skiff.

The Beavers continued to find cracks in the Rams’ defense, however were able to put three more points on the board before the quarter concluded.

Framingham State had a better start in the second quarter when sophomore attacker Hannah Guerin slid one by the Babson goalie to make the score 5-3.

Two more goals came in rapid succession for the Beavers after Guerin’s comeback shot. The Rams’ struggle to get solid clears on defense were leading to scoring opportunities for Babson.

Babson continued to dominate through the rest of the second quarter, as the score read 11-3 in their favor heading into halftime.

Although FSU failed to bring the game back within reach in the second half – the determination within their team still shined.

The Rams were able to hold off Babson relatively well in the third quarter compared to the previous two, and their offensive efficiency saw improvement.

FSU let up four goals in the third quarter, but matched their opponent by putting four of their own in. They also prevented turnovers and converted more high-quality clears on defense after the half.

Not only is this bounce-back a sign of resilience within the team, it’s also a sign of outstanding coaching.

The fourth quarter practically mirrored the third, as both teams did well offensively and typically struggled on defense.

Freshman attacker Hailey Baker put in two goals of her own in the fourth quarter. Her teammate attacker Leah Green, freshman, also put one in during the tailend of the game.

The final buzzer sounded and the score read 18-11 in favor of Babson. Despite the large margin in which the Rams lost, the team still showed determination through the entire game.

After the game, sophomore midfielder Regan Fein said, “Going forward, our team’s biggest goal is to set the tone of our game.”

Setting the tone early is something the Rams have struggled with and look to focus on for their future matchups.

Fein added, “We need to continue to capitalize on the scoring opportunities, transition smoothly downfield, and come up with every 50/50 ball.”

The Rams Women’s Lacrosse team looks to rebound off the loss against Salem State at home in a heated conference match April 1.