April 8, 2014

Second-Half Surge Lifts Wheaton Over Women's Lacrosse, 14-11

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine) had four goals and two assists and classmate Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt.) scored three times and chipped in with three assists as visiting Wheaton College defeated Babson College, 14-11, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its fourth consecutive victory, Wheaton is now 8-5 overall and in sole possession of first place in the NEWMAC at 4-0, while Babson drops to 4-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.), who notched her 100th career goal in the first half, tied her career high with six goals and had two assists to lead the Beavers. Sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) chipped in with a pair of goals and first-year Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) contributed a career-high four assists. Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) won a game-high five draw controls in the loss.

Sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) scored twice and had two assists for the Lyons. Senior Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine) collected a game-high six groundballs while classmate Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine) led all players with four caused turnovers in the win.

Tucci gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead just 3:29 into the contest, but Wheaton responded with three goals in the span of 3:21 to grab a two-goal edge. First-year Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) stopped the run, converting a feed from Secrist, but goals from Bush and Sabol around a free-position strike from Bright gave the Lyons a 6-2 lead with 13:55 left in the opening half.

After trading tallies, the Beavers ended the half with a four-goal run to pull even at halftime. Tucci started the spurt with a goal at the 7:53 mark and McKenna set up strikes by both Secrist and first-year Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass.) to cut the deficit to one. Secrist followed with her third goal of the stanza just 74 seconds before halftime to make it 7-7.

Both teams scored in the opening minute of the second half before the Lyons took control of the game with four-goal spurt. Sabol made it 9-8 with a free-position shot, and then fed Bush to make it a two-goal game with 25:10 remaining. Tewksbury notched her second goal of the day with 20:31 to go to give Wheaton a three-score edge, and Bush followed with the last of her four goals as the visitors pushed the lead to 12-8 with 16:51 left.

Babson got back within three on a goal by Beatty with 15:54 to go, but after nearly eight minutes without a tally by either team, Mills converted a feed from junior Kelsie Jenquine (Brunswick, Maine) to help Wheaton regain its four-goal lead. Secrist would tack on a pair of late markers for the Beavers, who were unable to get closer than three in the closing minutes.

Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) finished with eight saves for the Green and White, while junior Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass.) stopped six shots for Wheaton.

The Lyons finished with a 27-24 edge in shots and forced 26 turnovers on the afternoon. The Beavers held a 14-9 advantage in draw controls.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson travels to Smith, while Wheaton hosts MIT.

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