- Score: MIT 22, Smith College 6
- Records: MIT (11-5, 7-1 NEWMAC); Smith (8-7, 3-5 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
- The Lead: A 13-2 first-half run gave MIT a lead it would not relinquish as it went on to defeat Smith College, 22-6, in NEWMAC women's lacrosse action on Saturday. The Engineers also secured a share of the regular season title, the program's first, due to a tie for the top spot in the conference standings. Junior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, NY.) tallied eight goals and three assists for MIT, tying the program record for points in a game which was established by Laura Wacker '13 in 2013. Emily Biggs powered the Pioneers with two goals, one assist, and three draw controls.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Following four shots by the Engineers, including three that were turned away by Smith goalie Sarah Price, Biggs opened the scoring at the 26:49 mark. Exactly 26 seconds after winning the draw, junior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) found McCormick for the equalizer. MIT continued to pressure the Pioneers, but a save by Price eventually led to Julia Hamilton finding the back of the net.
- After some back and forth play, McCormick evened the score at two on a free-position attempt with 23:40 on the clock, igniting the Engineers' pivotal 13-2 run. Senior Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) gave the hosts a 14-4 advantage on a free-position strike with 19 seconds remaining in the half.
- MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as it registered six unanswered goals, including three in a row by McCormick. Smith ended its scoring drought at the 12:53 mark when Caroline Myran forced a turnover, scooped up the groundball, and sprinted full field for her 47th goal of the year. Free-position shots by Flooks and McCormick increased the Engineers' lead while Biggs capped the scoring after connecting on a pass from Bryn Murray with 2:45 left to play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Senior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) tallied six goals, six draw controls, four caused turnovers, and three groundballs as Flooks recorded two goals and five assists. Senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) totaled three goals, one assist, five draw controls, and three groundballs while classmate Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.) posted six draw controls and a goal. Senior Allison Kaslow (Lithia, Fla.) produced five groundballs and four caused turnovers as senior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) made three saves.
- Myran finished with two goals, four groundballs, and four caused turnovers while Julia Hamilton contributed two goals. Murray dished out two assists as Price amassed 13 saves, including 11 in the first half, and three groundballs.
- The Engineers ended the day with advantages in shots (50-12), groundballs (29-11), and draw controls (21-8).
- MIT was 10-of-14 in clearing attempts and 6-of-14 in free-position shots.
- Smith was 11-of-24 in clearing attempts and converted one of its two free-position attempts.
- Both teams will learn their status for the upcoming NEWMAC Championship Tournament once the bracket is announced later today.