Springfield Defeats MIT, 15-8, in NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Opener

Jack Simmons
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THE BASICS:

- Score: Springfield College 15, MIT 8

- Records: MIT (1-4, 0-1 NEWMAC); Springfield (5-3, 1-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Stagg Field)

- The Lead: Springfield College put together a series of runs in both halves to pull away for a 15-8 victory over MIT in the NEWMAC women's lacrosse opener for both teams on Saturday. Senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) powered the Engineers with three goals and one assist while collecting four draw controls.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Springfield got on the board following five minutes of action but senior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) quickly generated the equalizer on a free-position attempt, resulting in the 100th goal of her career. The Pride inched ahead 49 seconds later, however, Young redirected a pass from senior Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) to tie things up at the 19:45 mark.

- Springfield created some breathing room by scoring back-to-back goals but Simmons found senior Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.) to cut the deficit in half (4-3) with 13:22 on the clock. The Pride responded with three unanswered goals over the course of four minutes. The Engineers ended their scoring drought with just over two minutes left in the half when junior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) found Young for her second marker of day.

- The hosts increased their advantage to 8-4 after 3:31 elapsed in the second half. McCormick countered with an unassisted marker, however, Springfield notched back-to-back goals to go up 10-5. A strike by McCormick set off an exchange of goals as a solo effort from Young made the score 11-7 with 16:30 left to play.

- The score remained unchanged until the 9:59 mark when the Pride started a 4-0 run that spanned 8:21. Notarangelo converted a free-position shot to cap the scoring with 39 seconds remaining.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- McCormick finished with two goals and an assist while Notarangelo totaled two goals and a team-high five draw controls. Simmons tallied two assists, five groundballs and two caused turnovers as senior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) made 11 saves.

- Springfield ended the day with advantages in shots (32-17), groundballs (21-13), and draw controls (13-12).

- MIT was 11-of-16 in clears while the Pride was 13-of-17.

- The Engineers were 2-of-3 in free-position shots as Springfield converted one of its three attempts from eight meters.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will visit Bridgewater College on Monday, March 26 for a 4:00 p.m. start.

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