Beatty, Secrist Help Women's Lacrosse To NEWMAC Quarterfinal Win Over MIT

Beatty, Secrist Help Women's Lacrosse To NEWMAC Quarterfinal Win Over MIT

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) scored five goals and had three assists and sophomore Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) scored five times and added one assist as fourth-seeded Babson College rolled past fifth-seeded MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Quarterfinal on Wednesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With the win, Babson moves to 8-7 overall and advances to the NEWMAC semifinals for the 10th consecutive season while MIT sees its season come to an end at 6-11.

Senior Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) scored four goals, classmate Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine) scored three times and first-year Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) notched two goals and an assist for the Beavers. First-year Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) led the Engineers with three goals while senior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) closed out her career with a pair of tallies.

Both teams got off to a fast start as Secrist scored 23 seconds into the game on a free position shot for Babson before MIT countered with two quick tallies by Schott and Wacker to take a 2-1 lead just 2:06 into the contest. Farina pulled the Beavers even, converting an assist from Beatty at the 26:03 mark, and Kralovenec scored her first goal of the game28 seconds later to go back ahead 3-2. Schott won the ensuing draw and raced downfield for her second goal of the afternoon, knotting the game at 3-3 just 4:36 in.

Babson quickly took control from there, though, scoring five straight goals, and 10 of the final 12 in the first half, to grab an eight-goal lead at halftime. Farina scored off a feed from first-year Kristina Simonson (Easton, Mass.), followed by tallies from Secrist and Spang for a 6-3 advantage at the 21:37 mark. Beatty buried a free position shot and Kralovenec finished a feed from Beatty just 23 seconds later as the Beavers moved in front 8-3 with 17:25 left in the period.

Wacker stopped the run with her second goal of the day for MIT 54 seconds later, but another three goal run, which included a goal and an assist from Beatty, pushed the Beavers lead to 11-4. Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) scored on a free position goal for the Engineers but Babson closed the half with tallies from Secrist and Kralovenec for a 13-5 advantage after 30 minutes.

Beatty, Spang and Secrist opened the second half with a goal apiece in the first 6:08 of the second half, and Beatty added her fourth strike of the day to cap a six-goal run for the Beavers, who led 17-5 with 20:28 remaining. Senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and Schott notched late goals for MIT.

Junior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) stopped six shots for Babson while first-year Paige Kaplan (Eastchester, N.Y.) made eight stops for MIT.

Spang took game-high honors with three groundballs, eight draw controls, and five caused turnovers for the Beavers. Schott collected five draw controls and was one of three players with two groundballs for MIT.

Babson will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Norton, Mass. for a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal against the top-seeded Lyons at 12:00pm.

GAME NOTES: Babson is now 16-3 all-time in NEWMAC Tournament games played at MacDowell Field…The Beavers tied their season-high with 20 goals, a total they also reached against MIT and Smith during the regular season…Babson will be looking to reach the NEWMAC championship game for the seventh consecutive season.

Game Highlights Head Coach Michelle Smith