Second-Half Run Pushes Pacific Past MIT, 15-7

Senior Meghan Wright
Senior Meghan Wright

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Pacific University outscored MIT, 8-3, in the second half en route to a 15-7 victory in a women's lacrosse game on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) compiled two goals, four draw controls, three groundballs, and three caused turnovers for the Engineers (2-5).

MIT freshman Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) tallied two goals, four draw controls, and three groundballs while sophomore Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) registered one goal, one assist, four groundballs, and one caused turnover. Freshman Nadia Walllace (Rochester, N.Y.) and senior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both scored a goal as senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and junior Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.) both earned an assist. Freshman Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) collected a team-high five groundballs while junior Erin Kenney (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) posted four groundballs and three caused turnovers. Freshman Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) tacked on four draw controls and three groundballs as sophomore Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) and freshman Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) split the game in net. Kaplan picked up three saves in the first half while Kennedy closed out the afternoon with two stops.

Pacific rattled off five straight goals to start the game but on the ensuing draw, sophomore Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) came away with the draw control which eventually led to DiDio's goal at the 18:41 mark. The Boxers increased their advantage to 6-1 just over a minute later; however, MIT narrowed the gap to three (7-4) at the intermission. A solo effort by Wright midway through the frame was quickly followed by Wacker's strike that was set up by Du while Kane provided the final marker with 11:07 left.

The Boxers produced back-to-back goals during the first minute of the second stanza to extend their lead but the Engineers responded with DiDio connecting on a feed from Kane. Pacific countered with a 5-0 run which established a 14-5 advantage with 5:07 remaining. An unassisted strike by Wright ended MIT's scoring drought while McShane set up Wallace with 1:14 to go. The Boxers then capped the scoring a minute later.

Upon its return to Cambridge, MIT will host Smith College in a NEWMAC battle on Saturday, March 30.