March 30, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Tops Wesleyan 14-9 For Third Straight Win

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) scored four goals and junior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) added three goals and a pair of assists as Babson College picked up a 14-9 victory over visiting Wesleyan University in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its third consecutive victory Babson moved to 4-4 overall while Wesleyan dipped to 3-5 with the loss.

Senior Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine) scored three times for the Beavers while classmate Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) chipped in with two goals and an assist. Senior Kayla Ellman (Montclair, N.J.) led all scorers for the Cardinals with four goals, three of which came in the second half.

Beatty and Secrist connected for free position goals to give Babson a 2-0 lead just 1:53 into the contest before junior AbbyD'Angelo (Weston, Mass.) notched a free position tally and Ellman notched a shorthanded goal to help Wesleyan draw even with 20:36 left in the first half. After a scoreless stretch of nearly 12 minutes the Beavers took command of the game with five consecutive goals before halftime. Kralovenec scored her first of the day at the 9:01 mark, followed by a free position score from Beatty just 1:05 later to go ahead 4-2 with 7:56 remaining in the half. Secrist scored her second goal of the day just under two minutes later, Spang got on the board with a free position goal, and first-year Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) gave Babson its biggest lead of the half at 7-2, finishing a feed from classmate Kristina Simonson (Easton, Mass.) just 43 seconds before intermission.

The Cardinals scored the final goal of the first half but their momentum was short-lived as the Beavers went on a 6-1 run to open the second half to take their biggest lead of the day at 13-4 with just 11:55 remaining in the game. Secrist opened the second half with another free position score and Kralovenec and Beatty added unassisted tallies to take a 10-3 advantage. Following a Leah Sherman (Belmont, Calif.) score for Wesleyan, first-year Mackenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) scored her sixth goal of the season for Babson off a feed from Kralovenec, followed by back-to-back scores from Spang to put the game out of reach.

Ellman and Secrist traded goals as Babson matched its biggest lead, going ahead 14-5 with 10:27 remaining, before Wesleyan tacked on four late goals, including a pair from Ellman over the final nine and half minutes.

Junior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) made seven saves to earn the win for Babson while her counterpart, first-year Nina Labovich (Alexandria, Va.) also made seven stops for the Cardinals.

Secrist collected a team-high five draw controls and picked up three ground balls, tying for team-high honors with senior Emma Locke (Boxford, Mass.). Tuccui caused a team-high two turnovers for the Beavers.

D'Angelo had a game-high seven draw controls for Wesleyan, while senior Lydia Kring (Philadelphia, Pa.) collected a team-high three ground balls and classmate Kaylin Berger (Farmington, Conn.) caused a game-high three turnovers.

GAME NOTES: With today's win Babson now holds a 6-4 edge over Wesleyan in a series that dates back to 1994 and the Beavers have won five of the last six meetings between the two teams…Babson is 33-5 at MacDowell Field since the start of the 2009 season…with her three scores today, Spang moved into ninth-place all-time with 145 career goals.

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