Connecticut College 9, Babson College 8 Balzotti (4 Goals) and Dalpe (13 Saves) Lead Camels to Victory in Opener

Connecticut College 9, Babson College 8 Balzotti (4 Goals) and Dalpe (13 Saves) Lead Camels to Victory in Opener

BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.) scored four goals and sophomore Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) made 13 saves as visiting Connecticut College rallied for a season-opening 9-8 victory over Babson College in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon at MacDowell Field. 

Senior Izzy Marx (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored twice for the Camels, who also got one goal and three groundballs from junior Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.). First-year Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) led all players with four draw controls in the win.

Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.), sophomore Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass.) and first-year Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) all scored twice for the Beavers. Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) added a goal and an assist, while sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) chipped in with one goal.

Both teams started fast, trading a pair of goals in the opening 5:45. Tucci gave the Green and White a 3-2 lead at the 22:24 mark, but Connecticut College senior Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) notched her first of the season at 13:53 to force the game's third tie. The Beavers responded with a quick three-goal run as Carroll got her first career tally at 12:57, and Farina followed with back-to-back goals to build their biggest lead of the game at 6-3 with 10:14 left before halftime.

Thomas and Balzotti scored just 47 seconds apart late in the opening stanza to cut Babson's lead to just one after 30 minutes. The Camels then opened the second half with four straight tallies to take control of the game.  

Balzotti converted a feed from Donegan after winning the opening draw control to tie the game, and Marx notched her second goal of the day following a turnover to give Connecticut College a 7-6 lead with 25:43 remaining. Junior Meag Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) gave the Camels a two-goal edge with her first tally of the season at 22:55, and Balzotti capped the run with her final goal of the day to make it 9-6 with 13:04 to go in the game.

Secrist got Babson back within two following a possession of nearly five minutes, and Carroll buried a free-position shot to cut the deficit to 9-8 with 2:53 left. The Camels won the ensuing draw but were unable to run out the clock as junior Amanda Gahagan (Brandon, Vt.) forced a turnover with 11 seconds remaining to give the Beavers one final possession. But the hosts were unable to get off a tying shot as Thomas caused the last of her game-high three caused turnovers in the waning seconds.

Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) made six saves to go along with a team-high three ground balls for Babson. 

The Green and White held 28-22 edge in shots and went 8-for-9 on clear opportunities. The Camels had a 15-14 advantage in groundballs and were 8-for-12 on clears.

Babson returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Amherst on Wednesday at 5 p.m., while Connecticut College will host Middlebury next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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