BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Top-seeded Babson College erupted for 15 first half goals en route to a 24-12 victory over fourth-seeded Wellesley College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Semifinal contest at MacDowell Field.
Junior Taylor Kralovenec scored a career-high eight goals and leading scorer, junior Jameson Spang, scored seven times and added two assists. Senior Bridget McCurdy added a season-high three goals, all in the first half, and senior Trisha Babson scored once and chipped in with a game-high five assists for the Beavers.
With its 12th consecutive victory, Babson (13-2) advances to its sixth straight NEWMAC Championship game on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and will await the winner of Saturday's second semifinal between second-seeded Springfield College and third-seeded Wheaton College. Wellesley College finishes its season at 6-10.
Babson jumped to an early lead, scoring three times in the game's first 4:18. Spang opened the scoring 24 seconds into the game before Rachel Secrist scored the first of her two goals three minutes for a 2-0 advantage. Kralovenec tallied the first of her three first half goals 54 seconds later for a quick 3-0 lead and forcing a Wellesley timeout.
Roy got Wellesley on the board at 24:10 but Kralovenec responded 11 seconds later, scoring off the draw control, and Spang added her second goal a minute later to give the Beavers a 5-1 lead. The Blue scored two of the next three goals, drawing within 6-3 on the first goal of the day from Msciz with 20:38 remaining in the first half.
The Babson offense took charge from there, scoring seven of the game's next eight goals to turn its three-goal lead into a 13-4 advantage with 7:34 to go in the half. Two McCurdy tallies, along with goals from Kralovenec and Spang made it 10-3 at the 11:45 mark.
A Mscisz goal, assisted by Hanscom, stopped the run, but only briefly, as the Beavers ripped off three more goals, as McCurdy completed her hat trick, Spang scored her fourth of the half, and senior Erin Daley got into the scoring column with a transition goal to blow the game open.
Wellesley got goals from Hanscom, Mscisz, and Roy in the first 9:06 of the second half, trimming the Babson lead to 16-9, but couldn't keep pace with the Beavers who scored eight times over the final 20 minutes.
Kralovenec poured in five second half goals, while Spang scored twice, boosting her season total to 61, and Secrist and sophomore Misha Beatty each scored once for the Beavers, who topped the 20-goal mark for the second time this season.
Sophomore Julie Baharestani made six saves in the win for Babson while sophomore Tya Logan made 10 stops for Wellesley.
Baherstani and McCurdy each had a game-high three groundballs for the Beavers, while Trisha Babson had a game-high 10 draw controls and junior Emma Locke won seven draws. Beatty forced two turnovers for Babson.