MIT Defeats Wheaton, 23-11; Flooks Breaks Season Assists Record

Ana Flooks
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 23, Wheaton College 11

- Records: MIT (9-5, 5-1 NEWMAC); Wheaton (7-8, 4-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: A string of six straight goals during a seven-minute span in the first half gave MIT a lead it would not relinquish as it went on to defeat Wheaton College, 23-11, in NEWMAC women's lacrosse action on Saturday. In the victory, junior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) broke the MIT record for assists in a season which was quickly matched by senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) as they have both dished out 31 helpers and eclipsed the mark of 30 set by Casey Flynn '10 in 2010.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Maggie Dymes opened the scoring after 20 seconds expired and then a solo effort by Maddy Lahm gave Wheaton a 2-0 lead just over three minutes later. Young put the Engineers on the board at the 24:22 mark and set up junior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) and Flooks for the next two goals, capturing the lead in a span of 3:06. McCormick accounted two of MIT's next three goals as her free-position strike capped the pivotal 6-0 run with 17:37 on the clock.

- The Lyons replied with a Katie Peters free-position goal along with another blast by Lahm, cutting the deficit to 6-4, midway through the half. Exactly 31 seconds later, Young buried a free-position shot, setting off a 5-2 burst to close the frame.

- Like the first half, Wheaton wasted little time finding the back of the net as Peters narrowed the gap to 11-7 following 42 seconds of action in the second stanza. MIT countered with a 5-1 spurt which was capped by back-to-back markers from senior Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas). A free-position goal by Lahm set off an exchange of goals that moved the score to 17-10 after she found Dymes with 16:57 left to play. The hosts followed with six unanswered goals while Dymes provided the final tally with 1:32 remaining.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- McCormick totaled nine goals, just one shy of tying the program record for goals in a game. Young finished with six goals and four assists, which was one point short of equaling the Institute record, while also collecting nine draw controls. Flooks posted one goal and three assists as senior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) registered three goals and six draw controls. Senior Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.) produced two goals, four groundballs, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers while classmate Allison Kaslow (Lithia, Fla.) generated two caused turnovers. In net, senior Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) made five saves.

- Lahm powered Wheaton with three goals, one assist, and eight draw controls as Peters notched three goals and four draw controls. Dymes recorded a hat trick as Megan Hammerlein, Lilly Callahan, and Nina Sanfilippo each had two caused turnovers. In net, Molly Witten turned away six shots in 43 minutes of action while Galicia Rothe and Jena Casman both saw some action during the second half.

- MIT finished with an advantage in shots (37-21) and draw controls (23-13) while the Lyons had a 14-13 edge in groundballs.

- The Engineers were 13-of-16 in clearing attempts and 5-of-7 in free-position shots.

- Wheaton was 9-of-17 in clearing attempts and converted two of its four attempts from eight meters.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams continue conference play on Wednesday, April 25. MIT will travel to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 4:00 p.m. start while Wheaton will host Babson College at 7:00 p.m. 

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