- Score: Wheaton College 11, MIT 8
- Records: MIT (6-7, 3-3 NEWMAC); Wheaton (8-7, 5-2 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
- The Lead: Two goals during the last 2:26 of regulation helped Wheaton College hold on for an 11-8 victory over MIT in NEWMAC women's lacrosse action on Wednesday night. Senior Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) paced the Engineers with three goals and one assist, helping her eclipse the Institute record of 236 career points set by Kira Schott '16. Molly Covarrubias powered the Lyons with four goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Covarrubias opened the scoring with back-to-back goals in the first 3:46 of the game while her fourth strike gave Wheaton a 7-3 advantage with 5:30 left in the half. MIT ended its scoring drought less than two minutes courtesy of freshman Rayna Higuchi's (Solana Beach, Calif.) solo effort while Levy followed with a goal of her own to make the score 7-5 at halftime.
- The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza as another Levy goal and a free-position shot from junior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) evened the score at seven with 24:25 on the clock. The Lyons inched ahead when Giovanna Bishop redirected a feed from Hannah Gasperoni three minutes later.
- After some back-and-forth play, Wheaton increased its lead to 9-7 on a blast by Angela Mallis midway through the frame. The defensive battle resumed until sophomore Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) cut MIT's deficit in half with 4:59 left to play. This was as close as it would get as Mallis gave the visitors some breathing courtesy of a man-down goal with 2:26 remaining while Katie Peters capped the scoring as time expired.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Young racked up seven draw controls to go along with two goals and one assist as Higuchi tallied two goals, one assist, three groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Junior Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) scooped up three groundballs while classmate Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) collected seven saves.
- Peters recorded a hat trick to go along with two caused turnovers as Mallis finished with three goals, five groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Megan Hemmerlein posted four groundballs while Lydia Regan generated three caused turnovers. In net, Molly Witten turned away two shots as she earned the win after playing 39 minutes while Galicia Rothe came up with four saves in relief.
- MIT finished with a 13-7 advantage in draw controls and was 15-of-19 in clear attempts while Wheaton was 12-of-20. The Lyons, however, did have the upper hand in shots (27-16) and groundballs (23-17).
- Both squads are back in action on Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. MIT will host NEWMAC foe Emerson College in its final home game of the regular season while Wheaton continues its road trip with a visit to Plymouth State University.