No. 12 Tufts Tops Engineers, 21-10

Rayna Higuchi
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 12 Tufts University 21, MIT 10

- Records: MIT (1-2); Tufts (2-0)

- Location: Medford, Mass. (Bello Field)

- The Lead: Nationally-ranked No. 12 Tufts University outscored MIT, 8-3, in the second half to pull away for a 21-10 victory in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. Senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) tallied three goals, five assists, and six draw controls for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Tufts opened the game with a pair of goals during the first 54 seconds of action but Young replied with back-to-back strikes, evening the score after 2:40 expired. The Jumbos inched ahead less than a minute later, however, sophomore Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) connected on a feed from Young, tying the game at the 26:20 mark. Exactly 40 seconds later, Tufts scored the first of eight unanswered goals, establishing an 11-3 advantage with 8:12 left in the half.

- Young found junior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.), ending MIT's scoring drought and helping it put together a 4-2 burst during the last 6:35 of the frame. Young set up strikes by senior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) and junior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) while a free-position marker by Notarangelo trimmed the deficit to 13-7 heading into halftime.

- Tufts rattled off four straight goals during the opening six minutes of the second stanza. A solo effort by Young at the 20:56 mark set off an exchange of goals, moving the score to 18-9 after Notarangelo's extra-player strike with 14:20 left to play. The Jumbos countered with three consecutive goals before Higuchi found the back of the net with 1:24 on the clock.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Notarangelo posted three goals and three groundballs as Higuchi finished with two goals and three groundballs. Junior Shannon Francis (Houston, Texas) paced MIT with four groundballs while senior Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) generated two caused turnovers. In net, freshman Hannah Adams (Springfield, Va.) tallied 12 saves, three groundballs, and a caused turnover.

- Tufts finished with advantages in shots (48-25), draw controls (23-10), and groundballs (25-21). The Jumbos were successful on all 15 of their clearing attempts while the Engineers were 15-of-30. The visitors were 2-of-6 in free-position shots while the hosts converted one of their four attempts.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will visit Bridgewater State University on Wednesday, March 14 for a 6:00 p.m. start.

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