SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Host Springfield College generated 15 unanswered goals spanning both halves en route to a 17-4 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women's lacrosse game on Saturday. Sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) paced the Engineers (6-2, 0-2 NEWMAC) with two goals and two groundballs.
Freshmen Keeley Erhardt (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Erica Green (Ivyland, Pa.) both added a goal as sophomore Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) produced six draw controls and a caused turnover for MIT. In net, junior Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) posted five saves.
Erhardt opened the scoring following 58 seconds of action but the Pride buried the equalizer over a minute later. A solo effort by DiDio put the Engineers in front, 2-1, at the 23:01 mark. Springfield responded with three goals during the next seven minutes to go ahead for good. A yellow card gave the ball to MIT with 14:32 on the clock and during what would be a three-minute possession, the visitors generated three shots but two were turned away. Once the Pride regained possession, it recorded a pair of goals 30 seconds apart, increasing its lead to 6-2 with 7:49 remaining. Despite earning two free-position attempts shortly after the draw, the Engineers could not capitalize on the opportunities meanwhile Springfield added to more scores for an 8-2 advantage at halftime.
The Pride increased its margin 39 seconds into the second stanza before the game became a back-and-forth affair. Springfield then ended the stalemate at the 21:47 mark, igniting a scoring spree that totaled seven goals during the next 9:37. In addition, the hosts denied MIT the ball for a nine-minute span as the Engineers' first touch wasjunior Emma Kane's (Garden City, N.Y.) free-position shot with 9:56 remaining. Although her shot was stopped, it set off an exchange of possessions until DiDio converted her free-position attempt with 6:28 on the clock. The balanced play resumed as the Pride posted its final goal with 1:41 to go. Freshman Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) won the ensuing draw that resulted in Green's blast that capped the scoring with just over a minute left.
MIT returns to action on Tuesday, April 1 when it hosts non-conference foe Framingham State University at 7:00 p.m.