BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Taylor Kralovenec scored three goals, including the game-winner with 2:12 remaining in regulation, as Babson College edged the Bates women's lacrosse team 10-9 in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday evening.
Kralovenec added a pair of assists while Rachel Secrist and Kayla Farina each scored twice for the Beavers.
Bates got a game- and career-high four goals from junior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.), while classmate Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) added a pair of scores.
Jameson Spang opened the scoring 9:19 into the first half but Bates quickly rebounded to take a 2-1 lead as sophomore Aly Dowey (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) got the Bobcats on the board. Dowey then won the ensuing draw control and fed Meedzan for a transition score just eight seconds later.
The Beavers took their biggest lead of the game at 5-2 with 3:58 left in the first half as Farina scored the first goal of her career on a feed from Kralovenec behind the net to cap a four-goal run. Shrewsbury then scored two straight, the first off coming a feed from Meedzan following a turnover, to draw within 5-4 at halftime.
The teams traded goals over the first 19 minutes of the second half as Babson took a two-goal advantage on four different occasions, the last coming on Kralovenec’s second tally of the day with 14:50 remaining to go ahead 9-7. Shrewsbury scored her final goal of the game on a free position chance at 11:03 to cut the Beavers’ lead to one and sophomore Emma Getsinger (Darien, Conn.) buried a free position shot just under three minutes later to pull the Bobcats even for the first time since midway through the first half, with 8:12 left.
Bates’ first-year goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) saved a free position shot by first-year Kristina Simonson with 3:15 to go, and following a flurry of turnovers Babson junior Misha Beatty picked up a ground ball and fed Spang, who set up Kralovenec for the game-winning goal.
Julie Baharestani made four saves for Babson while Jeffrey finished with seven stops in her first collegiate start for the Bobcats.
Babson finished with a 22-19 edge in shots for the game and an 11-10 edge in draw controls while Bates had a 16-15 advantage in ground balls.