Big Second Half Lifts MIT to 14-10 Win over Smith in Women’s Lacrosse

Freshman Rayna Higuchi
Freshman Rayna Higuchi

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 14, Smith College 10

- Records: MIT (5-6, 2-2 NEWMAC); Smith (8-5, 0-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: Northampton, Mass. (Smith Turf Field)

- The Lead: MIT mounted an 8-2 run during a 14-minute span in the second half en route to a 14-10 victory over Smith College in a NEWMAC women's lacrosse game on Wednesday night. Freshman Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) tallied three goals, seven draw controls, four groundballs, and three caused turnovers for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Smith opened the game with three straight goals over the course of the first seven minutes. Strikes by junior Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.), senior Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.), and Higuchi evened the score with 13:15 on the clock. The Pioneers broke the deadlock almost six minutes later, setting off an exchange of goals which was capped by Higuchi as time expired to make the score 6-6 at halftime.

- Smith went back in front after 4:34 expired in the second stanza. The Engineers responded with a solo effort from Higuchi, igniting their game-changing run as junior Emily Young's (La Jolla, Calif.) free-position man-up marker made the score 14-8 with 9:08 left to play. The Pioneers wrapped up the scoring with a pair of goals during the last five minutes of the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Young led all players with six goals and added four draw controls while Levy produced four goals and four groundballs.

- In net, junior Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) collected nine saves for MIT while Sarah Price racked up 21 saves for Smith.

- The Engineers finished the night with advantages in shots (39-25), groundballs (20-7), and draw controls (18-7). The Pioneers were more efficient with their free-position attempts as they went 5-of-9 while MIT was 4-of-12.

UP NEXT:

- MIT concludes its road trip on Friday, April 14 with a visit to conference rival Mount Holyoke College.

STAY CONNECTED:

For the latest on MIT Athletics, follow the Engineers via social media on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.