BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Coming off of their fifth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title and fifth straight bid to the NCAA Tournament, expectations remain high for the 2012 Babson College women's lacrosse team. Led by first-year head coach Michelle Smith, the Green and White return eight starters and 12 letter winners from a team that won seven of its final eight games before falling to eventual national runner-up Bowdoin College in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Overall the Beavers finished at 10-8 and posted double-digit victories for the sixth straight year.
The Beavers return three of their top four scorers, including senior Colleen Mulligan (Hanover, Mass.), who scored a team-high 51 goals while recording a .699 shooting percentage last spring. Despite missing four games due to injury, Mulligan was a First Team All-NEWMAC selection during her first season at Babson. Senior Trisha Babson (Duxbury, Mass.), a three-time all-NEWMAC performer, including First Team honors last season, tallied 31 goals and posted a team-best 25 assists for 56 points. She also recorded 5.11 draw controls per game, good for 15th in the nation. Junior Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine), a Second Team All-NEWMAC selection, scored 36 goals and chipped in with seven assists for 43 points, good for fourth-best on the team. Junior Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn.) and sophomore transfer Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) are also expected to contribute offensively.
Anchoring the Babson defense will be a core of experienced upperclassmen in seniors Bridget McCurdy (Weston, Mass.), Erin Daley (Darien, Conn), and Taylor Wailes (Andover, Mass.), along with junior Emma Locke (Boxford, Mass.). McCurdy, a tri-captain, collected 26 ground balls last spring – the most of any returning Beaver – while Daley picked up 23 ground balls and forced 15 opponent turnovers to go with eight goals and three assists at the offensive end.
Sophomore Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.), who saw action in four games last season, will take over as the starting goalkeeper for the Beavers. Classmates Samantha Pilavin (Lincoln, R.I.), a defender, and Meghan Andrew (Easton, Mass.), a midfielder, will also be counted on to contribute this season.
"We are looking forward to picking up where we left off during the second half of last season," said Smith. "We've enjoyed coming together as a group so far, and are looking forward to the season."
Babson opens its season on Thursday, March 1 when they play host Roger Williams University in a 4:00 p.m. start at MacDowell Field.