Williams Overpowers Women's Lacrosse

Sophomore Erica Du
Sophomore Erica Du

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first home game of the season, the MIT women's lacrosse team fell to Williams College, 18-4, on Tuesday night. The Ephs saw 12 players find the back of the net while six posted two goals apiece. Junior Sam Weinstein (Marblehead, Mass.) paced the visitors with four points on two goals and two assists. For the Engineers, sophomore Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.) led the way with two goals as freshman Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) earned the assists on both markers.

Williams rattled off eight unanswered goals during the first 21 minutes of the game to secure a lead it would not relinquish. In a span of two minutes, sophomore Emily Jablonski (Madison, Conn.) registered an unassisted goal and then set up back-to-back tallies by senior Taylor Fleishhacker (Manhasset, N.Y.) to give the Ephs a 5-0 advantage at the 24:31 mark. Following 10 minutes of scoreless play, Williams tacked on goals by junior Elizabeth Ryan (Rochester, N.Y.), sophomore Rebecca McGovern (Weymouth, Mass.), and freshman Rebecca Bell (Yarmouth, Maine).

Sophomore Kaitlyn Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) ended the shutout with 7:29 remaining in the half and cut MIT's deficit to 8-1. The Ephs added goals by senior Margie Fulton (Wellesley, Mass.) and Bell, but Du connected on feed from Muri for the first goal of her career with just over three minutes on the clock. Junior Alex Sera (Davidsonville, Md.) and sophomore Stephanie Gallo (Manhasset, N.Y.) closed out the first-half scoring, resulting in a 12-2 lead for Williams at the intermission.

Weinstein was a factor in the first three goals of the second stanza as she picked up assists on efforts by senior Meera Sivalingam (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior Emily Whicker (Potomac, Md.) before finding the back of the net herself. The Du-Muri connection returned at the 18:41 mark; however, Whicker responded almost five minutes later with an unassisted goal that increased the margin to 16-3. Senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) buried a free-position shot, which proved to be the final goal for the Engineers. A solo effort by Sera and a free-position blast by sophomore Maggie MacCallum (Rochester, N.Y.) wrapped up the scoring.

Kauffman paced the Cardinal and Gray with four draw controls as Nealon added two of her own. Junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and Muri both collected two groundballs while McShane earned a caused turnover. In net, sophomore Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) picked up five saves.

Fulton notched four draw controls while Gallo collected three for the Ephs. Bell led the way with three groundballs, followed by two apiece from sophomore Lacey Hankin (Glyndon, Md.), junior Grace Horwitz (Ridgewood, N.J.), junior Katie Pettengill (South Hadley, Mass.), Fleishhacker, and Sera. Sophomore goalie Ali Piltch (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) came away with the win despite not registering a save.

Next up for MIT (0-2) will be a trip to Bridgewater State University on Thursday, March 15. Williams (1-1) returns to action on Saturday, March 17 in its home-opener against NESCAC foe Trinity College.