Second-Half Surge Helps Rensselaer Top Women’s Lacrosse, 11-7

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Meg Colitz (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored all four of her goals after the break, and visiting Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute notched five goals in the opening 8:39 of the second half, rallying for an 11-7 victory over Babson College in non-conference women's lacrosse action at MacDowell Field on Tuesday evening.

With the win, RPI is now 2-3 on the year, while Babson drops to 2-6 overall.

Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) had four goals and two draw controls for the Beavers. Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) scored twice and had one assist to go along with a team-high three draw controls. Sophomore Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.), who scored once, and first-year Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) had three groundballs apiece.

Junior Erin Riley (West Nyack, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist, as well as a game-high six draw controls for the Engineers. Senior Rachel Scofield (Albany, N.Y.) and first-year Sophie Hager (Northport, N.Y.) each had two groundballs on the day.

The Green and White started fast as Beatty converted a feed from Secrist to open the scoring at 26:28, and Secrist followed with her first tally of the day to make it 2-0 with 23:16 left in the first half. Junior Lydia Wolter (Hampton, N.H.) cut the Babson lead in half at the 14:46 mark, but another strike from Beatty made it 3-1 with 10:37 to go in the period.

The Beavers controlled the possession for much of the stanza's final 10 minutes, but a save by junior goalkeeper Erin Amarello (Griswold, Conn.) helped RPI get the ball back late in the half, and senior Marissa Page (Schenectady, N.Y.) took advantage with a free-position tally just 1:08 before halftime. Senior goalkeeper Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) made a late save on a bounce shot by the Engineers' Mackenzie O'Neil (Duxbury, Mass.) to keep Babson in front 3-2 after 30 minutes.

Rensselaer took its first lead of the game behind back-to-back goals just 33 seconds apart early in the second half. Hager collected a groundball after a missed shot and scored to tie the game with 26:01 left, and Colitz notched her first goal of the game to surge in front 4-3 with 25:32 to go.

Consecutive goals by Riley, the first coming after a Beavers' yellow-card, pushed the Engineers' lead to 6-3 with 23:02 remaining, and Colitz followed with another score just 41 seconds later to make it a four-goal game.

Beatty cut the Green and White deficit to 7-4 on a free-position tally with 11:32 left in the game, but Colitz and junior Jamie Wakefield (Windsor, Conn.) both scored on the heels of draw controls by Scofield to put in RPI in front 9-4 with 9:03 to go.

Secrist notched her second goal of the game at the 3:21 mark to get within four, but Babson was unable to get any closer as the teams traded goals over the final two minutes.

Baharestani finished with six saves for the Beavers, while Amarello stopped four shots for the Engineers.

The Green and White held a 19-11 edge in groundballs, and both teams were 2-for-5 on free-position opportunities.

Both teams return to action on Friday as Babson travels to Mount Holyoke for a 3 p.m. start, while Rensselaer hosts Bard at 1 p.m.

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