BOSTON, Mass. – Five unanswered goals in the first half helped propel the MIT women's lacrosse team to a 15-11 victory over NEWMAC foe Emerson College on Tuesday night. Freshman Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) amassed a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists for the Engineers who improved to 10-5 on the year and 3-3 in conference action.
Sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) tallied four goals, two assists, six draw controls, four groundballs, and one caused turnover in the win. Sophomore Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) registered three goals and five draw controls while freshman Keeley Erhardt (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored twice. Sophomore Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman Tate DeWeese (Towson, Md.) both tacked on a goal as junior goalie Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) made six saves. As a team, the Cardinal and Gray converted seven of its 12 free-position attempts.
Emerson got on the board less than two minutes into the game but MIT countered with back-to-back free-position shots by Levy and DiDio. An exchange of goals ensued as the Lions evened the score at four at the 19:04 mark. During the next 10 minutes, the Engineers responded with three straight goals from DiDio, a Levy free-position marker, and a solo effort by Schott to go ahead for good. Emerson ended its scoring drought as both sides traded goals with Erhardt's blast giving MIT an 11-6 lead with 2:28 remaining before halftime.
Berretta increased the Engineers' advantage early in the second stanza; however, Emerson put together a 3-1 spurt to narrow the gap to four (13-9) with 20:07 on the clock. MIT controlled the action but could not break through until Levy found the back of the net with 7:30 left to play. The Lions ended their scoring drought a minute later and registered their last goal with 2:25 to go. DeWeese provided the final marker when she connected on a pass from Levy right before the horn sounded.
MIT wraps up regular-season play on Saturday, April 19 when it hosts NEWMAC rival Mount Holyoke College.