CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After trading goals to start the game, Babson College put together a 9-1 first-half run that propelled it to an 18-6 win over MIT in a NEWMAC women's lacrosse game on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) led the way with eight goals for the Beavers while senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) paced the Engineers with five goals.
Kauffman opened the scoring with an unassisted effort at the 23:54 mark which was matched by Babson junior Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine) 35 seconds later. Junior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) put the Engineers ahead, 2-1, moments after the ensuing draw. The Beavers responded with five straight goals to capture a lead they would not relinquish. Spang scored three goals two of which were assisted by senior Trisha Babson (Duxbury, Mass.) while Beatty found the back of the net twice.
A free-position shot by Kauffman narrowed the gap to three (6-3) with 11:20 left in the half but this was as close as it would get as the visitors ended the half with four straight goals. Trisha Babson started the spurt with a free-position marker that was followed by two tallies from Beatty and a strike by freshman Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.).
Senior Bridget McCurdy (Weston, Mass.) increased Babson's advantage to 11-3 after 1:35 expired in the second stanza; however, Kauffman scored in a span of 16 seconds. Beatty replied with her fifth goal of the day which was countered by Kauffman's free-position shot that made the score, 12-5, with 23:22 on the clock. The Beavers then generated a 6-1 run to close out the game. Beatty contributed three goals to the rally while Secrist, junior Emma Locke (Boxford, Mass.), and senior Taylor Wailes (Andover, Mass.) each scored once.
In addition to her goal, Wacker registered an assist, three draw controls, and two groundballs. Junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) posted four draw controls and two groundballs while sophomore Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) collected 14 saves and three groundballs for the Engineers.
Junior Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) earned two assists while Trisha Babson totaled six draw controls and four groundballs for the Beavers. Beatty led the way with two caused turnovers as McCurdy picked up five groundballs. Spang bolstered the defense with four groundballs while sophomore Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) notched four saves.
MIT (2-13, 0-5 NEWMAC) will host NEWMAC foe Wheaton College in its final game of the season on Saturday, April 21. Babson (10-2, 5-0 NEWMAC) returns to action on Thursday, April 19 at non-conference rival Endicott College.