MIT Falls to Wheaton, 15-5, in NEWMAC Semifinals

Sophomore Nadia Wallace
Sophomore Nadia Wallace

NORTON, Mass. – Top-seeded and host Wheaton College strung together 10 unanswered goals as it went on to defeat No. 4 MIT, 15-5, in a NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament semifinal game on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) paced the Engineers with three goals and three draw controls as they finished the season with an overall record of 12-6.

Sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) posted one goal, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers as classmate Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) tacked on one goal for the Cardinal and Gray. Sophomores Nadia Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) and Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) both recorded four groundballs while Wallace added two caused turnovers. In net, junior Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) came away with eight saves.

Wheaton scored twice during the opening 2:17 of the game, but MIT replied with three goals in a span of 1:44 to take the lead. Levy registered back-to-back markers as a blast by Schott gave the Engineers a 3-2 edge at the 24:04 mark. The Lyons quickly produced the equalizer, sparking a 9-0 run to end the half with an 11-3 advantage.

The hosts continued their scoring spree in the second stanza as they increased their cushion with 21:02 on the clock. After being held off the scoreboard for almost 35 minutes, MIT broke through on a solo effort by Levy. Following a series of possessions, Wheaton found the back of the net midway through the half, upping its margin to 13-4. The back-and-forth play continued, resulting in goals by the Lyons at the 10:15 and 2:45 marks. The Engineers capped the scoring with 16 seconds to go as DiDio converted one of their two free-position shots of the game.