Engineers Power Past Wellesley, 20-9

Sophomore Eva Boal
Sophomore Eva Boal

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT mounted an 8-2 run during to final 15:35 of the first half en route to a 20-9 victory over Wellesley College in NEWMAC women's lacrosse action on Wednesday night. Junior Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) led all players with six points on three goals and three assists for the Engineers (7-3, 2-1 NEWMAC). Junior Nikki Sharkin (Summit, N.J.) paced the Blue (5-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) with three goals and four groundballs.

MIT generated three goals in a span of six minutes to take the early lead. Freshman Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) put the Engineers on the board after three minutes expired as strikes by senior Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) increased the margin. Wellesley quickly closed the gap to 3-2 courtesy of a free-position shot by junior Courtney Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn.) and a solo effort from junior Mary Lemay (Longmeadow, Mass.) at the 17:46 mark. The hosts responded with five straight goals that fueled the 8-2 run, resulting in an 11-4 advantage at halftime.

The Cardinal and Gray outscored the Blue, 5-3, during the first eight minutes of the second stanza to maintain its comfortable cushion. Wellesley followed with back-to-back goals for the first time since the opening frame when freshman Lena Engbretson (Beaverton, Ore.) buried a man-up blast while sophomore Jenny Gubner (Pleasanton, Calif.) trimmed the deficit to 16-9 with 12:16 remaining. The Blue would not get any closer as MIT rattled off four unanswered goals to end the game.

McCormick finished with three goals and two assists while senior Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.) and Schott both recorded hat tricks. Sophomore Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) compiled four goals, five draw controls, and three groundballs as Young totaled two goals, two assists, and six draw controls. Senior Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) posted four draw controls and two caused turnovers while junior Devin Williams (Washington, D.C.) collected a team-high four groundballs. In net, sophomore Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) turned away 10 shots.

Engbretson tallied one goal, one assist, three groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers for the Blue as Gubner bolstered the attack with one goal and one assist. Peterson notched four groundballs and two draw controls while sophomore Jenna Mulrenan (Glen Ridge, N.J.) chipped in four groundballs. Junior Wendy Nettleton (La Jolla, Calif.) made two saves in the first half as freshman Chloe Tucker (San Ramon, Calif.) closed out the night in net with four saves and three groundballs.

Both squads will host NEWMAC rival Smith College in their next outings. Wellesley will square off with the Pioneers on Saturday, April 9 while MIT and Smith will battle on Jack Barry Field on Wednesday, April 13.