CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A four-goal run late in regulation helped the MIT women's lacrosse team thwart a comeback attempt by Smith College and secure a 20-13 NEWMAC victory on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) generated a game-high six points on four goals and two assists for the Engineers (7-3, 1-0 NEWMAC). The Pioneers (1-10, 0-3 NEWMAC), playing with only 10 field players, saw sophomore Olivia Timmins (Medford, Mass.) and freshman Anne Zawacki (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) record hat-tricks.
MIT built a 7-2 lead during the opening 15 minutes of action. Smith responded with a 3-1 spurt courtesy of a solo effort by junior Petru Bester (Deep River, Conn.) and two Zawacki free-position shots to come within three (8-5) with 4:17 left in the half. With 18 seconds remaining, freshman Keeley Erhardt's (Ann Arbor, Mich.) free-position goal ended the Engineers' scoring drought heading into the intermission.
The Cardinal and Gray carried the momentum into the second stanza as sophomore Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) found the back of the next after 44 seconds elapsed, sparking a 4-1 run that put it up 13-6 at the 25:47 mark. The Pioneers replied with four unanswered goals during the next 10 minutes to once again trim their deficit to three. An unassisted marker by Levy stopped the run and set off an exchange of goals that moved the score to 15-12 with 9:59 on the clock. This was as close as it would get as sophomore Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.) won the ensuing draw and went directly to net, helping MIT clinch the win with a game-ending 5-1 run.
Freshman Erica Green (Ivyland, Pa.) led all scorers with five goals while Schott tallied three goals, one assist, nine draw controls, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) produced three goals, one assist, five groundballs, and five draw controls while Berretta posted two goals, one assist, and two groundballs. Erhardt finished with two goals as junior Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) added one of her own. Senior Emily Dunne (Paget, Bermunda) paced the Engineers with three groundballs followed by two from classmate Erin Kenney (Glen Ellyn, Ill.). Sophomore Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) tacked on three draw controls while junior goalie Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) came away with 11 saves and two groundballs.
Sophomore Rachel Silveria (Dunstable, Mass.) compiled two goals, one assist, five draw controls, and four groundballs for the visitors. Junior Jessica Lillquist (East Lyme, Conn.) notched two goals and one assist as Bester had two goals and four groundballs. Zawacki added three draw controls and two groundballs to her hat-trick while senior Kate Detrick (Petaluma, Calif.) recorded one goal and two groundballs. Junior Jenny Estes (Falmouth, Mass.) chipped in two groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers as senior goalie Merric Kallfelz (North Easton, Mass.) amassed 12 saves and two groundballs.
Both squads return to action on Tuesday, April 8 against NEWMAC foes. MIT will host Wellesley College while Smith will make the trip to Springfield College.