Strong Second Half Propels Amherst Past Babson, 12-5

Strong Second Half Propels Amherst Past Babson, 12-5

BABSON PARK, Mass. - The top-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team outscored Babson College, 7-1 in the second half to pull away to a 12-5 victory over the Beavers in Wednesday evening's non-conference contest at MacDowell Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0 on the season, while Babson falls to 0-2 overall.

Clinging to a 5-4 lead at intermission, Amherst erupted for seven straight scores in the second half, sparked by Coco Kusiak's '17 second goal of the contest on a free position shot. Senior tri-captain Meghan Mills then struck for a pair of goals including one on a free position attempt and one following a dish from Devin O'Connor '16. Mia Haughton '16 added a free position goal of her own, and then assisted on Claire Cagnassola's '17 score to give the visitors a commanding 10-4 advantage.

Rachel Passarelli '16, who scored twice in the first period, added two more goals late in the second stanza - one on the free position attempt and one unassisted - to set the score at 12-4. Rachel Secrist scored an unassisted marker with 2:11 to play for Babson to set the final score at 12-5.

Purple & White goalkeeper Christy Forrest '16 (2-0) made seven saves between the posts in the winning effort, while Haughton led all players with four groundball pickups. Hanna Krueger '17 won four draw controls, while Cagnassola and Mills won three each.

Stevie Burger (0-2) made five stops in goal for the Beavers, while Secrist and Delaney Carrol picked up three groundballs each in the losing effort. Kayla Farina and Katie McKenna added three draw controls each.

In the first half, Mills' free position score at the 25:14 mark opened the scoring, but McKenzie Tucci was quick to respond after scoring from a Secrist pass to make it 1-1. Amherst jumped ahead, 3-1 following free position goals from Sarah Spector '15 and Kusiak separated by just 46 seconds before Babson scored three of the next four to knot the game at 4-4. Secrist scored twice and Kelly Fischer added one to highlight the stretch for the Beavers. Passarelli netted her first at the 12:42 mark, and then deposited her second into the nylon with seven seconds to play in the first half to give Amherst a 5-4 edge at intermission.

Amherst is back in action on Saturday, March 7 when it travels to NESCAC rival Bowdoin College for a 12 p.m. contest.