SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.—Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) and senior Misha Beatty combined for nine goals and six assists as visiting Babson College stormed past Mount Holyoke College, 17-8, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Friday afternoon.
With the victory, Babson is now 3-6 overall and 2-0 in the NEWMAC, while Mount Holyoke drops to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Secrist had a game-high five goals and Beatty struck for four as nine different players scored for the Beavers. Sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) added two goals and two assists, while classmate Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) and first-year Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) each chipped in with a goal and an assist.
The Lyons were paced by senior Liz Randolph (Southbury, Conn.), who recorded three goals and two assists on the day. Sophomore Julia Bell (Longmeadow, Mass.) had two goals, while junior captain Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn.) added a goal and an assist.
Babson set the tone in the game early as goals from first year Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.), McKenna and Beatty made it 3-0 at the 17:59 mark. Randolph closed the gap to two (3-1) at the 15:47 mark, but three more tallies, including two from Secrist pushed the Babson lead to 6-1.
Mount Holyoke rallied to make it 6-2 on a goal by Kilburn, but Tucci fired a last second goal in, off a beautiful feed from Beatty, to make it a 7-2 Beavers lead at halftime.
The Green and White kept it rolling with three goals in the opening 5:32 of the second half to push their advantage to eight. Beatty notched the first two just 65 seconds apart and Secrist followed with her third of the game to make it 10-2 with 24:28 left. Bell got the Lyons back within seven, but back-to-back tallies from Beatty and Secrist made it 12-3 with 16:12 remaining in the game.
Mount Holyoke got as close as 12-6 after three consecutive goals, but markers from Secrist and Farina, followed by scores from first-years Christine Gill (Hingham, Mass.) and Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) pushed the Beavers' lead back to 16-6 at the 2:21 mark. First-year Kathryn Olivier (Westford, Mass.) notched her first collegiate goal in the closing seconds for the final mpargin.
Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) made a season-high 14 saves while also collecting a game-high six groundballs for Babson, while Katherine Kayser-Hirsh (Amherst, Mass.) stopped three shots for the Lyons.
Secrist finished with five draw controls and four groundballs, and sophomore Allison Windsor (Palm City, Fla.) tied for game-high honors with two caused turnovers.
The Lyons held a 32-25 edge in shots and a 15-11 advantage in draw controls.
The Beavers were 13-for-15 on clear opportunities and went 2-for-4 on free-position shots.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Plymouth State at 4 p.m., while Mount Holyoke welcomes Western Connecticut for a 6 p.m. start next Thursday.
GAME NOTES: Babson is 17-13 all-time against Mount Holyoke and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings in the series going back to 2004…the Beavers have now won eight straight games in South Hadley, Mass., and have scored 14 goals or more in seven of those contests…Babson has won three consecutive road games against conference opponents…over its first two league games, the Beavers have outscored its foes 30-12, with Secrist and Beatty combining for 17 goals and nine assists…Baharestani has made 25 saves and has a .714 save percentage over the first two NEWMAC games.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of Mount Holyoke College.