- Score: MIT 18, Mount Holyoke College 6
- Records: MIT (3-5, 2-0 NEWMAC); Mount Holyoke (5-4, 0-2 NEWMAC)
- Location: South Hadley, Mass. (MHC Turf Field)
- The Lead: Nine unanswered goals during the final 15 minutes of the first half helped the MIT women's lacrosse team pull away for an 18-6 win over Mount Holyoke College in NEWMAC action on Saturday. Senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) powered the Engineers with nine points on a career-high five assists to go along with four goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A pair of McCormick goals sandwiched a free-position strike by first-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) giving MIT the small lead four minutes into the game. Mount Holyoke responded with back-to-back goals exactly 28 seconds apart, narrowing the gap to 3-2. McCormick completed the hat trick at the 21:43 mark, but the Lyons cut their deficit in half on a free-position shot five minutes later. With 14:47 on the clock, a strike by Then courtesy of a pass from McCormick ignited the Engineers' game-changing 9-0 run which resulted in a 13-3 halftime advantage.
- MIT maintained its offensive rhythm as it recorded the first three goals of the second stanza. First-year Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.), who scored with 10 seconds remaining in the first half, found the back of the net after 4:42 elapsed. Sophomore Flora Klise (Mystic, Conn.) followed with an unassisted marker while first-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) redirected a feed from McCormick with 17:17 left to play.
- The Lyons ended their scoring drought with back-to-back goals midway through the half. Lutz and McCormick buried free-position shots, moving the score to 18-5 with 5:38 remaining. Mount Holyoke, however, recorded the final goal of the day four minutes later.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Lutz finished with four goals and five draw controls while Then totaled three goals and six draw controls. Wing posted two goals and one assist as first-year Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) tallied four groundballs, four draw controls, and two goals. Junior Leah Vogel (Houston, Texas) registered a career-high six groundballs and three caused turnovers while senior Lucy Halperin (Seattle, Wash.) notched career-highs in groundballs (four) and caused turnovers (two).
- In net, sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) made six saves during the first 41 minutes as first-year Kiely Smiga-McManus (Etna, N.H.) turned away one shot in 14 minutes of action. First-year Elena Boal (West Windsor, N.J.) played the final five minutes of the game for the Engineers.
- MIT ended the day with advantages in shots (34-17), shots on goal (27-13), groundballs (21-15), and draw controls (16-9).
- The Engineers were 14-of-20 during their clearing attempts and converted four of their nine free-position shots.
- Mount Holyoke was 12-of-19 during its clearing attempts and went 3-of-6 from eight meters.
- MIT will host Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m.