BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior captain Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) scored three goals, including the game-winner with 2:12 remaining in regulation, as Babson College opened its season with a 10-9 win over visiting Bates College in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at MacDowell Field.
Kralovenec added a pair of assists while sophomore Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) and first-year Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) each scored twice for the Beavers. Bates got four goals from junior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) while classmate Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) added a pair of scores.
Senior captain Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine) opened the scoring 9:19 into the first half but Bates quickly rebounded to take a 2-1 lead as sophomore Aly Dowey (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) got the Bobcats on the board. Dowey then won the ensuing draw control and feed Meedzan for a transition score just eight seconds later.
The Beavers took their biggest lead of the game at 5-2 with 3:58 left in the first half as Farina scored the first goal of her career on a beautiful feed from Kralovenec behind the net to cap a four-goal run. Shrewsbury notched her first two goals of the season for Bates, the first off coming a feed from Meedzan following a turnover, to draw within 5-4 at halftime.
The teams' traded goals over the first 19 minutes of the second half as Babson took a two-goal advantage on four different occasions, the last coming on Kralovenec's second tally of the day with 14:50 remaining to go ahead 9-7. Shrewsbury scored her final goal of the game on a free position chance at 11:03 to cut the Beavers' lead to one and sophomore Emma Getsinger (Darien, Conn.) buried a free position shot just under three minutes later to pull the Bobcats even for the first time since midway through the first half with 8:12 left.
Bates' first-year goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) saved a free position shot by first-year Kristina Simonson (Easton, Mass.) with 3:15 to go and following a flurry of turnovers Babson junior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) picked up a ground ball and fed Spang, who set up Kralovenec for the fifth game-winning goal of her career.
Junior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) made four saves for Babson while Jeffrey finished with seven stops in her first collegiate start for the Bobcats.
Babson finished with a 22-19 edge in shots for the game and an 11-10 edge in draw controls while Bates had a 16-15 advantage in ground balls.
The Beavers (1-0) return to action with the first of six straight road games when they travel to face defending national champion Trinity College on Saturday at 12:00pm in Hartford, Conn. Bates (0-1) will open up NESCAC play with a 12:00pm start at Middlebury College on Saturday.
GAME NOTES: Wednesday's game marked the 19th meeting between Babson and Bates with the Bobcats now holding a 13-6 edge all-time in a series that dates back to 1987…The win by the Beavers was their first over Bates since 2010…Babson has now won 21 straight games when scoring 10 goals or more and are 38-4 when hitting double figures since the start of the 2010 season.