April 5, 2014

Beatty, Farina Carry Women's Lacrosse Past Springfield, 16-12

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) scored a career-high five goals and senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) dished out a single-game school record eight assists as Babson College defeated Springfield College, 16-12, in a pivotal New England women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse clash on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With the victory, Babson is now 4-7 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while Springfield drops to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.), sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.), and first-year Francesca Giovannuci (Easton, Mass.) all scored three times for the Beavers. Beatty and Secrist tied for game-high honors as both collected five draw controls.

Senior Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) had four goals and two assists to lead the Pride. Classmate Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn.) scored three times and sophomore Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.) had a pair of goals and two assists, while junior Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) chipped in with a team-high three groundballs.

After trading scores over the first 3:17, the Green and White notched four straight goals, two by Farina and two by Tucci, to take a 5-1 lead 9:12 into the first half. Springfield countered with three consecutive tallies of its own though, as Nielsen set up Fowler and Gallo before adding a marker of her own to make it 5-4 with 8:04 left in the period.

Beatty helped set up two quick scores by Secrist, and Farina buried a free-position shot to help the Beavers regain a four-goal edge. Junior Elizabeth Poitras (Somers, Conn.) cut the Pride deficit to three with her only goal of the game, but Giovannuci struck for her first tally of the day just two seconds before halftime to give Babson a 9-5 lead after 30 minutes.

First-year Kate Montague (Manchester, Vt.) gave the Green and White its biggest lead of the game at 10-5 with 26:48 remaining in the game. The teams then traded the next six scores before a free-position goal by Fowler on the heels of Gallo's fourth tally pulled Springfield to within three at 13-10 with 11:35 to go in the game.

Babson regained a four-goal edge on Secrist's third strike of the day with 5:17 to go, but Springfield got within three for the last time on a free-position tally by junior Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H.) with 3:15 left. Secrist won the ensuing draw control and the Beavers worked nearly two minutes off the clock before the Pride saw the ball again.

Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) of Babson and her counterpart, senior Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.), each finished with eight saves.

The Beavers held a 17-12 edge in draw controls while Springfield had a 15-11 advantage in ground balls. Each team finished with 29 shots while combining for 61 fouls in the game.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson welcomes Wheaton to MacDowell Field in a 4 p.m. start, while Springfield hosts Smith at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Babson is now 13-14 all-time against Springfield and has won 10 of the last 14 meetings against the Pride going back to 2007…in three conference games this spring the Beavers are averaging 15.33 goals and have outscored their opponents 25-14 in the second half…with eight assists and eight points on the day, Beatty is now 6th all-time with 55 career assists and 11th all-time in points with 190…Babson has stared 3-0 in conference play in nine of the last 11 seasons going back to 2004.

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