Women's Lacrosse Falls To Emerson, 8-5, In Regular-Season Finale

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Frist-year Meredith Weber (West Caldwell, N.J.) scored four goals and sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kanaris (Haworth, N.J.) stopped 11 shots lifting visiting Emerson College to an 8-5 victory over Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action at MacDowell Field on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Emerson finishes the season at 8-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play, while Babson drops to 5-10 overall and 4-3 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) had three goals and became just the eighth player to go over 200 career points for the Beavers. Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.), who had six ground balls and a game-high three caused turnovers, and first-year Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.) each scored once.

Sophomore Guerin Morrissette (Georgetown, Maine) scored twice and classmate Tayllar Righini (Salem, N.H.) contributed a goal and an assist, as well as a team-high three groundballs for the Lions. Weber led all players with seven draw controls in the win.

Morrissette gave Emerson a 1-0 lead, converting a feed from senior Krystie Zoch (Mahwah, N.J.), at the 21:47 mark, and Weber won the ensuing draw and notched her first goal of the day just 27 seconds later to make it 2-0. Kanaris made three stops on the Green and White's next possession, and then denied an attempt by sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) before Righini struck for her 30th goal of the year to make it 3-0 with 18:08 left in the first half.

Secrist got Babson on the board just past the midway-point of the stanza and Beatty followed with a free-position tally a little over four minutes later to make it 3-2 with 10:37 to go in the period. Morrisette pushed the Lions advantage back to two with her second marker of the game at the 9:20 mark, and Weber tacked on another goal just 63 seconds later to make it 5-2.

McKenna and Beatty scored consecutive goals to get the Beavers back within 5-4 before halftime, but back-to-back tallies by Weber, the second coming with 19:25 to go in the game put Emerson back in front 7-4. Sophomore Katie Lemire (Scituate, Mass.) gave the Lions their biggest lead of the game just 40 seconds later, converting an assist from Righini, to make it 8-4.

Both teams had their next five possessions end with turnovers before Beatty notched Babson's only goal of the second half on a free-position strike to get back within 8-5 at the 2:53 mark. The Green and White was able to force a turnover after losing the draw, but turned it back over with 1:46 remaining and was unable to regain possession.

Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) finished with six saves for the Beavers, while Kanaris came up with nine of her 11 saves in the opening half.

The Beavers held a 19-14 edge in groundballs and went 11-for-12 on clear opportunities but committed eight second-half turnovers and won just four of 15 draws on the afternoon.

Babson, which has reached the conference championship game in each of the last seven years, will take on Springfield in a NEWMAC semifinal next Saturday at 3 p.m. at Wheaton.

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