March 23, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Opens Up NEWMAC Play With A 15-6 Win At Wellesley

WELLESLEY, Mass.—Senior Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) scored four goals and added a season-high five assists as Babson College cruised to a 15-6 victory over Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.

With the win Babson snapped its four-game losing streak and moved to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in NEWMAC play while Wellesley dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomore Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) added a career-high five goals and one assist, first-year McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) scored three times, and senior Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine) added a pair of goals for the Beavers, who had dropped their last three games in overtime by a single goal. Junior Brit Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) led the Blue with three goals.

After a slow start, Babson took control of the game with a four-goal run midway through the first half to erase Wellesley's early 1-0 lead. Tucci and Kralovenec scored 1:19 apart to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead with 19:15 remaining in the first half and Secrist followed with a pair of goals to push the lead to 4-1 with 10:54 to go before halftime. After trading the next four goals, first-year Kristina Simonson (Easton, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season to give Babson a 7-3 lead after 30 minutes.

The Beavers wasted little time building on their advantage as Kralovenec scored twice and assisted on goals by Tucci and Spang in the opening 5:30 of the second half to take their biggest lead of the game at 11-3. Babson, which held a 32-9 advantage in shots on goal, would lead by as many as 10 goals late in the game.

Junior goalie Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) made two saves to earn the win while junior Tya Logan (Hillsboro, N.H.) made a career-high 18 stops in a losing effort. Kralovenec picked up a game-high eight ground balls for Babson while junior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) had a team-high four draw controls.

Babson returns to action when they travel to Roger Williams in a 5:00pm start on Tuesday while Wellesley will travel to play New England College on Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm.

GAME NOTES: Saturday's game was the 36th between Babson and Wellesley with the Blue leading the all-time series 20-16 dating back to 1987...The Beavers have won 11 straight meetings in the series since 2007...Babson is 36-1 in NEWMAC regular season play since the 2007 season.

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