Late Surge Powers MIT Past Babson, 17-14

Katie Notarangelo

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 17, Babson College 14

- Records: MIT (6-5, 3-1 NEWMAC); Babson (6-6, 3-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (MacDowell Field)

- The Lead: Tied at 14 with 3:55 remaining in regulation, senior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) buried three consecutive free-position shots over the course of three minutes to help MIT defeat Babson College, 17-14, in a NEWMAC women's lacrosse game on Wednesday. She finished the day with seven goals, including a 4-of-4 performance from eight meters, while also collecting 10 draw controls for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured seven ties and five lead changes. Trailing 7-6, junior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) netted the equalizer with 7:13 on the clock. Babson replied with a 3-1 spurt which resulted in a 10-8 lead at halftime.

- The Beavers increased their advantage almost six minutes into the second stanza. MIT slowly chipped away at its deficit, generating five unanswered goals which put the visitors up, 13-11, at the 16:04 mark. Senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) accounted for four goals during the run, two of which were set up by junior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.). Babson narrowed the gap 56 seconds later, but McCormick connected on a pass from Young, moving the score to 14-12 with 10:37 left to play.

 - Following almost five minutes of scoreless action, the Beavers found the back of the net at the 5:07 and 3:55 marks. Notarangelo won the ensuing draw control and converted the free-position shot in a span of 33 seconds, putting the Engineers up 15-14. She then secured the next draw control and scored on another free-position strike with 2:13 left to play. Notarangelo capped the late rally with her third straight draw control and free-position goal with one minute remaining.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Young posted seven goals and an assist as McCormick notched a hat trick. Flooks finished with five assists while senior Allison Kaslow (Lithia, Fla.) generated six groundballs and three caused turnovers. Junior Shannon Francis (Houston, Texas) collected three groundballs as senior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) made eight saves, including one stop with 29 seconds left in the game.

- Both teams totaled 16 draw controls while MIT had a 25-24 edge in shots.

- The Engineers were 18-of-22 in clearing attempts and converted all seven of their free-position shots.

- Babson was 15-of-16 on the clear and 2-of-3 from eight meters.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its road trip on Saturday, April 14 when it visits Westfield State University for a 7:00 p.m. start.

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