March 20, 2014

Women's Lacrosse Overpowers William Smith, 18-11

CLERMONT, Fla.—Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) scored six goals and had four assists for a career-high 10 points, helping Babson College cruise past William Smith College, 18-10, for its first win of the season in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon.

Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.), sophomore Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.), and first-years Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass.) and Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) all scored twice for the Beavers. Beatty led all players with a career-high 10 draw controls and Farina collected a game-high three groundballs.

Emy Stratton, Geneva Calder, and Katie Sipple all had three goals for the Herons. Hannah Connolly contributed one goal and three assists, while Stratton had a team-high nine draw controls.

After trading goals in the opening 4:08, the Green and White took command with four straight tallies over the next 2:03 to move in front  5-1. William Smith scored three of the next four goals to cut the Babson lead to two, but Fischer and first-year Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) notched back-to-back goals just 27 seconds apart to regain a four-goal edge, 8-4, with 12:03 left in the period.

Sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) and Secrist followed a strike by Connolly with consecutive goals in the span of 15 seconds to give the Beavers a 10-5 lead with 9:56 to go until halftime. First-year Christine Gill (Hingham, Mass.) later converted a feed from Beatty at the 3:22 mark to give the Green and White a 12-7 lead at the break.

Beatty opened the scoring 3:13 into the second half to push the lead to six, and later followed back-to-back goals by the Herons with two more of her own as the Beavers maintained a 15-9 lead with 18:01 to go in the game. William Smith got as close as five on a tally by Sipple with 16:07 left, but late goals by McKenna, Farina, and Beatty put the game away.

Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) made seven saves for Babson, while Sarah Honan and Allie O'Hara combined to stop four shots for the Herons.

The Green and White finished with an 18-13 edge in draw controls, while William Smith held a 14-11 advantage in groundballs.

Babson opens NEWMAC play on Saturday when it travels to MIT for a 1 p.m. start, while William Smith will host St. Lawrence on Saturday, March 28.

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