Women's Lacrosse Pulls Away From Smith, 18-9

Women's Lacrosse Pulls Away From Smith, 18-9

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) scored a career-high seven goals and visiting Babson College scored the final seven goals of the first half to pull away for an 18-9 win over Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, Babson is now 5-8 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while Smith drops to 2-12 and 0-5 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) had four goals and four draw controls while sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and an assist for the Beavers. Classmate Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) contributed a goal and two assists, and junior Ali Korinis (Ridgewood, N.J.) notched her first goal of the year and led all players with three groundballs.

Jessica Lillquist (East Lyme, Conn.) scored three times for the Pioneers and Jenny Estes (Falmouth, Mass.) added a pair of goals.

The opening 17:25 of the first half featured five ties and three lead changes before Babson used an 8-0 run to break the game open. Tucci tied the game with her first goal of the day and first-year Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) made it 6-5 with 10:42 to go in the period. Korinis and first-year Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) gave the Beavers a three-goal lead with 6:19 left, and Tucci, Secrist and Beatty all added markers in last 2:39 of the stanza to make it an 11-5 game at the break.

Beatty and Smith's Anne Zawacki (Ponta Vedra Beach, Fla.) each scored in the first 2:16 of the second period before Secrist struck for back-to-back goals to put the Green and White in front 14-6 with 22 minutes left in the game. Lillquist got one back for the Pioneers on a free-position score, but tallies by Secrist and Farina gave the Beavers a nine-goal edge with 16:40 to go.

Senior goalkeeper Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) stopped seven shots in 47:28 before first-year Stevie Burger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) made one save over the final 12 and a half minutes. Merric Kallfelz (North Easton, Mass. ) made 11 of her 18 saves in the second half for Smith.

The Beavers finished the game with a 43-27 edge in shots and an 11-5 advantage in groundballs. Smith won 15-of-29 draws but committed 11 turnovers and were just 3-for-12 on free-position shots.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 4:30 as Babson travels to Wellesley while Smith hosts Mount Holyoke.