MIT Falls to Springfield, 14-11, in NEWMAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Semifinal

Cecilia McCormick
Courtesy of Chris Wraight

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 3 Springfield College 14, No. 2 MIT 11

- Records: MIT (11-6); Springfield (14-5)

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

- The Lead: No. 3 seeded Springfield College generated six straight goals during the last 15 minutes of the first half, going ahead for good as the Pride went on to defeat No. 2 MIT, 14-11, in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament on Saturday at Babson College. Junior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) paced the Engineers with four goals to go along with an assist.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Pride got on the board after 2:21 expired but MIT generated four unanswered goals, taking a 4-1 lead at the 20:39 mark. McCormick was a factor in three of the Engineers' tallies as she connected on passes from senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) and Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) less than a minute a part and later set up senior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.). Young contributed a free-position strike to the spurt, helping her break the program record for goals in a season as she eclipsed the mark of 75 which she set in 2015. Springfield quickly evened the score at four, however, Flooks found Young for the go-ahead goal with 16:59 on the clock. Exactly 1:50 later, the Pride kicked off its game-changing run which resulted in a 10-5 lead at halftime.

- Springfield carried the momentum into the second stanza as it posted three more goals during the first 2:19. A free-position goal by Young ended MIT's scoring drought at the 25:44 mark but the Pride found the back of the net, moving the score to 14-6 four minutes later. The Engineers chipped away at the deficit as a pair of McCormick goals sandwiched a blast by freshman Allison Pinto (Ann Arbor, Mich.), bringing them within five with 10:23 left to play. MIT had several chances to close the gap, but the score remained unchanged until senior Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.) buried a free-position shot with 1:40 left to play. Young won the ensuing draw which led to Notarangelo capping the scoring 19 seconds later.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Young finished with three goals, one assist, four draw controls, and two groundballs while Notarangelo produced two goals, one assist, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Flooks dished out three assists as senior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) made 10 saves.

- Springfield ended the day with advantages in draw controls (15-12), shots (37-28), and groundballs (16-12).

- MIT was 16-of-19 in clearing attempts and converted three of its six free-position attempts.

- The Pride was 17-of-20 in clearing attempts and went 3-of-9 in its free-position attempts.

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