Strong Second Half Helps MIT Defeat Keene State, 14-9, in Women’s Lacrosse Season Opener

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- Score: MIT 14, Keene State College 9

- Records: MIT (1-0); Keene State (0-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: The MIT women's lacrosse team used a 5-1 run early in the second half to pull away for a 14-9 victory over Keene State College in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday afternoon. Seniors Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y) and Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) both produced five points for the Engineers as McCormick had two goals and three assists while Flooks recorded one goal and four assists. Ali Daisy paced the Owls with three goals and one assist.


- Daisy opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game and then Erica Chareth converted a free-position shot to give Keene State a 2-0 lead. First-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) buried a free-position strike at the 18:05 mark as McCormick found the back of the net less than a minute later. Brigid Casey gave the Owls a 3-2 edge courtesy of a free-position goal, but Then and Flooks quickly found the back of the net midway through the half.

- Daisy and Tess Masci matched this, reclaiming the lead (5-4) with 11:18 on the clock. A free-position shot by first-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) resulted in the fifth tie of the game but Megan Gorham connected on a pass from Chelsea Lewis for a Keene State man-down goal. Shortly after the ensuing draw, Lutz tallied an extra-man strike which was followed by junior Sydney LaPorte's (Baltimore, Md.) first goal of her career with 3:29 on the clock. Daisy tied the game at seven one minute later, however, sophomore Flora Klise (Mystic, Conn.) registered what proved to be the game-winning goal on a free-position shot with 1:12 left in the frame.

- The Engineers carried the momentum into the second half as they generated four goals in a span of 5:41, increasing their advantage to 12-7 with 21:10 on the clock. Casey redirected a pass from Daisy exactly 1:27 later but MIT quickly replied with McCormick setting up Then within the next 42 seconds. The score remained unchanged until an unassisted marker by Lewis with 4:20 remaining. Lutz capped the scoring courtesy of a Flooks pass with 1:22 left to play.


- Lutz recorded a hat trick in her intercollegiate debut to go along with three draw controls. Then tallied four goals, three groundballs, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers while first-year Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) generated six draw controls, four caused turnovers, and three groundballs. In net, sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) collected seven saves and three groundballs.

- Casey finished with two goals, one assist, and four draw controls while Lewis had one goal and one assist. Masci posted three draw controls as Bianca Assenza notched two groundballs. In net, Joanna Steinhauer totaled 10 saves and two groundballs.

- MIT ended the day with advantages in shots (31-20), shots on goal (24-16), and groundballs (20-12). Meanwhile, Keene State held a 13-12 edge in draw controls.

- The Engineers were 13-of-19 on clearing attempts and converted three of their four free-position attempts.

- The Owls were 12-of-19 on clearing attempts and went 2-of-5 in their eight-meter attempts.


- MIT returns to action on Wednesday, March 6 when it hosts nationally-ranked No. 11 Tufts University at 5:00 p.m. Keene State will continue its road trip on Saturday, March 2 with a visit to Roger Williams University for a 1:00 p.m. start.


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