Women's Lacrosse Crusies Past MIT, 13-4, In NEWMAC Opener
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) tied her career high with six goals, and senior goalkeeper Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) and the Babson College defense held MIT scoreless for a stretch of 39:09 spanning both halves en route to a 13-4 victory over MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
With its second consecutive win, Babson is now 2-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while MIT drops to 5-1 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) added two goals and two assists to go along with a team-high three draw controls for the Beavers. Sophomores Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) and McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) both scored twice and combined to collect seven groundballs.
Sophomore Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) scored twice and led all players with six groundballs and six draw controls for the Engineers. Junior Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) and sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) each scored once.
After trading a pair of goals apiece over the opening 9:10, the Green and White took the lead for good on back-to-back tallies from Secrist and Beatty to surge in front 4-2 with 17:31 left in the first half. Schott scored her first goal of the day 55 seconds later get MIT back within one, but Farina converted a feed from Beatty with 7:31 remaining in the stanza to give Babson a 5-3 halftime advantage.
The Beavers, who didn't allow a goal over the last 16:36 of the first half, pulled away by scoring the first six goals of the second period to build an 11-3 advantage with 9:07 to go in the game. Tucci notched consecutive markers to open the stanza, and Secrist's fourth goal of the game pushed the lead to 8-3 with 16:03 to go.
Farina and Secrist then scored just 1:33 apart to go ahead by seven, and first-year Christine Gill (Hingham, Mass.) added her fifth goal of the year, capping a seven a seven-goal spurt for the Green and White.
Schott finally ended the Engineers' drought with her second tally of the game at the 7:27 mark, but Secrist and Beatty tacked on late goals for the final margin.
Baharestani tied her season high with 11 saves on the day for Babson, while junior Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) stopped eight shots for MIT.
The Beavers held a 29-22 edge in shots and finished the day going 19-for-20 on clear opportunities. They also held the Engineers scoreless on five free-position shots.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts nationally-ranked Rensselaer at 5 p.m., while MIT travels to the University of Dallas for a 4 p.m. game.
GAME NOTES: Babson is now 28-3 all-time against MIT and has won 17 straight games against the Engineers going back to 2003…the Beavers have won 10 of their last 13 games going back to the start of last season when leading at halftime…with her two goals and two assists on Saturday, Beatty is now tied for 9th all-time in assists and moved into 12th place all-time in points on the program's career scoring list.