CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A seven-point performance by Kaitlin Ellis helped propel Williams College to a 12-5 victory over MIT in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Thursday night. Ellis racked up three goals, four assists, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers for the Ephs, who improved to 7-4 on the year. Erica Little led the Engineers (7-4) with two goals and added two groundballs.
Just 28 seconds after the opening draw, Ellis found Sam Weinstein to put the visitors on the board. Little netted the equalizer on a free-position attempt seven minutes later. Williams countered with an unassisted goal from Ellis and a strike by Whitney Kelly that was set up by Margie Fulton. MIT quickly cut its deficit in half (3-2) when Kelly Duncan found Laura Wacker at the 17:07 mark. The Ephs responded with three straight goals to gain some breathing room. Ellis earned assists on goals by Taylor Fleishhacker and Tracey Ferriter while Meera Sivalingam notched a free-position goal midway through the spurt. Duncan's free-position goal brought the Cardinal and Gray within three (6-3), but Anne Marie Burke converted a feed from Ellis with just over five minutes left before the intermission.
A solo effort by Katie Kauffman early in the second stanza kept MIT within striking distance. Williams replied with a Weinstein free-position shot and an unassisted goal from Ellis that were 1:08 apart. Little converted her second free-position attempt of the night as she narrowed the gap to four (9-5) with 22:46 remaining. The Ephs pulled away with three unanswered goals that capped the scoring with 15:54 on the clock. Ellis provided an unassisted goal as Sivalingam redirected a pass from Burke. Ferriter found Fulton for the final goal of the game.
Duncan finished with one goal and one assist while Wacker and Kauffman chipped in one goal each. Allison Hamilos gathered 10 saves and six groundballs for the Engineers as Alex Wright posted three caused turnovers and two groundballs. Lauren Rodda contributed two groundballs and a caused turnover while Molly McCartin totaled three groundballs and one caused turnover.
Weinstein and Sivalingam both recorded two goals as Weinstein scooped up two groundballs. Ferriter tallied four groundballs, two caused turnovers, one goal, and one assist while Burke notched three groundballs, one goal, and one assist. Fulton registered one goal and one assist as Kelly and Fleishhacker both found the back of the net once. In net, Julia Schreiber collected six saves, including four stops on free-position shots in the second half.
Both squads return to conference action on Saturday, April 17. MIT will host NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College while Williams will visit NESCAC rival Wesleyan University.