Herons Fall to Babson in Final Game in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla.-Babson built up a 5-1 lead early in the first half and went on to defeat William Smith 18-11 in a non-league game played this morning at the National Training Center. The Herons fall to 0-5, while the Beavers (1-5) picked up their first win of the season.

Junior Katie Sipple led the William Smith effort with three goals and an assist. Sophomores Emy Stratton and Geneva Calder each produced three goals. Stratton also won a team-high nine draws. Sophomore Hannah Connolly chipped in a goal and three assists. Junior Rachel Hughes registered a game-high four caused turnovers. First-year Sarah Honan played the opening 20:04 in goal and made one save. Sophomore Allie O'Hara came in for the final 39:56 and made three stops, all three coming on free position shots by Babson.

Misha Beatty scored a game-high six goals and added four assists for Babson. She also won a game-high 10 draws. Rachel Secrist, Kayla Farina, Kiley Fischer, Katie McKenna and Christine Gill each registered two goals. Farina picked up a team-high three ground balls. Julie Baharestani played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with seven saves.

Fischer scored first for Babson 1:07 in, but just over three minutes later, Stratton tied things up at 1-1 off a feed from sophomore Kate Byrne. The Beavers then put together a 4-0 run to take a 5-1 lead with 23:25 on the clock. Stratton struck again to make it 5-2 with just over 20 minutes left in the first, but Micah Beatty responded for the Beavers a little over a minute later. Calder and Stratton logged back-to-back goals to cut the Babson lead to two.

However, the Beavers answered once again with two more goals to go up 8-4 with 12:03 left in the first. Connolly capitalized on a feed from Sipple to make it 8-5 10:29 before the break. Once again the Beavers answered back with two more goals of their own. Calder scored her second goal of the morning with 9:28 left in the first. With 6:47 on the clock, Gill scored for Babson followed by a goal by Sipple and another tally by Gill gave the Beavers a 12-7 advantage at halftime.

Beatty opened the second half with a goal for the Beavers. Sipple and first-year Alexandra Bird put together back-to-back goals to make it 13-9. The Beavers closed out the second with a 5-2 run for the final margin. Sipple and Calder each scored in the final 16 minutes, but the Herons were unable to put together a run of their own in the second half.

Babson finished with a 25-23 edge in shots an 18-13 advantage in draws. William Smith held a 14-11 lead in ground balls. The Herons were successful on 8-of 11 clear attempts. Babson went 8 for 15.

William Smith will be back in action on Friday, March 28, when it hosts St. Lawrence for its Liberty League opener at 4:00 p.m.


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