MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Despite a tight start to its NCAA tournament second-round game, sixth-ranked Middlebury College pulled away to defeat the MIT women's lacrosse team 19-9, on Sunday morning. The Engineers finished their season with a record of 17-2.
Junior Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) converted a free position shot just 22 seconds into the game with a nice move driving to the goal. The Panthers responded with four-straight tallies to go up 4-1 at the 21:54 mark. Mary O'Connell got things going by cutting to the goal from behind the net to put her team on the board. Bridget Instrum and Chrissy Ritter converted free position shots before O'Connell scored on a quick-stick feed from Hollis Perticone.
The Engineers answered with two goals in less than a minute by sophomore Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) to make it a 4-3 game. The Panthers followed with a key 6-0 run in the next 3:38 to take a 10-3 advantage midway through the first half. Laurel Pascal netted a free position tally before O'Connell set up Alli Sciarretta and Perticone for a pair of goals. Katie Ritter found some space and scored before O'Connell struck again to make it 9-3. Perticone netted the final goal of the run with a free position shot to the upper right corner of the goal.
Levy scored on a restart from just outside the crease before Didio converted a nice feed from junior Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) as the Engineers made it a 10-5 game with 9:17 remaining in the first half. Middlebury closed the first 30 minutes with two more goals from Bea Eppler and Kate Hodgson.
Schott netted a free position goal to start the second half for MIT, before Middlebury responded with seven of the game's next eight goals. Perticone netted a free position before Katie Ritter assisted Sciarretta and Pascal to make it a 15-6 game with 20:06 remaining. Didio broke up the run before the Panthers netted the next four goals to hold a 19-7 lead with 7:47 remaining. Prior to the final goal of the run, Middlebury killed off a two-minute two-player advantage for MIT, responding with a goal from Pascal. Freshman Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) and Schott closed the scoring for MIT with a pair of free position goals to make it a 19-9 final.
Pascal's four goals led all scorers, while O'Connell finished with three goals and two assists. Perticone added three with an assist, Eppler scored twice, while Katie Ritter had a goal and two assists. Catherine Fowler won five draw controls, Perticone earned three, while Pascal finished with four ground balls. Katie Mandigo picked up the win in her second start of the season, making six saves and giving up seven goals in 43:45. Madeleine Kinker came off the bench to make two saves and allow two tallies in 16:15.
Didio and Levy each scored three times for MIT, while Schott earned two goals and two assists to go along with a game-high six draw controls. Didio added four draws in the game, while freshman Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) finished with 10 saves.
Middlebury held a 37-21 advantage in shots, led 20-11 in ground balls, while the draws were tied at 15 apiece. The Panthers were successful on 11-13 clears, while holding the Engineers to success on just 6-14 attempts.
Release Courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information