April 15, 2014

Wellesley Edges Women's Lacrosse, 10-9

WELLESLEY, Mass.—Sophomore Chelsey Hooker (Cypress, Texas) converted a feed from junior Meghan Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn.) for the go-ahead goal with 6:14 left in regulation, lifting Wellesley College to a 10-9 victory over visiting Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon.

With its second consecutive triumph, Wellesley is now 6-8 overall and 3-3 in the conference, while Babson falls to 5-9 overall and 4-2 in the NEWMAC. With a win in its regular-season finale on Saturday, the Beavers can assure themselves either the second or third seed in the upcoming league tournament.

Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) had four goals and an assist to go along with three groundballs, three caused turnovers and five draw controls for the Green and White. Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) chipped in with three goals while sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) and first-year Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass.) both added a goal.

Junior Claire Canty (East Rockaway, N.Y.) had three goals, two assists and a game-high six draw controls to lead the Blue. Hooker, Peterson, and senior Brit Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) all scored twice and sophomore Caitlin Crawford (Yarmouth, Maine) collected three groundballs in the win.

In a game that featured eight ties and four lead changes, neither team led by more than two goals. Beatty scored twice for Babson in the opening 13:41, but with the game tied at 3-3 late in the first half, back-to-back tallies by Canty and Mary Lemay (Longmeadow, Mass.) gave Wellesley a 5-3 lead just 33 seconds before halftime. The Beavers were able to cut the deficit to one just 13 ticks later though, as Secrist won the ensuing draw and notched her second goal of the half to make it 5-4 after 30 minutes.

Beatty tied the game with her third goal 4:50 into the second half, and the Green and White took a 6-5 edge 15 seconds later as Secrist won another draw and fed Tucci for her 16th goal of the season. Canty tied the game at 6-6 following a turnover at the 19:40 mark, but the Beavers responded as Secrist buried a free-position shot just 26 seconds later to grab their final lead of the game.

Peterson made it 7-7 with 18:53 to go and Hooker gave the Blue its first lead since late in the first half with a free-position tally with 16:38 left in the game. Fischer helped Babson pull even with her fifth marker of the year just 55 seconds later and after just under seven minutes without another score, the teams traded goals again in the span of 70 seconds to make it 9-9 with 8:43 left.

Hooker made it 10-9 with 6:14 to go and Canty was awarded the ensuing draw because of a foul. The Blue then took  four minutes off the clock before sophomore Allison Windsor (Palm City, Fla.) picked up a groundball following a caused turnover by Secrist to give the Green and White the ball back with 2:14 left. Secrist missed wide on a shot with just over a minute remaining and Wellesley first-year Wendy Nettleton (La Jolla, Calif.) stopped a free-position attempt by Babson first-year Kate Montague (Manchester, Vt.) with 32 seconds left to seal Wellesley's first win in the series since 2006.

Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) finished with five saves for Babson, while Nettleton stopped eight shots for the Blue.

The Beavers held a 25-22 edge in shots and a 12-10 advantage in draw controls. The Blue led 11-9 in groundballs and went 3-for-5 on free-position shots while holding the Green and White to just 1-for-6 on the day.

Both teams will wrap up the regular season on Saturday as Babson hosts Emerson at 1 p.m., while Wellesley travels to Springfield in a 3 p.m. start.

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