No. 3 Middlebury Defeats MIT, 20-2

Eva Then
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 3 Middlebury College 20, MIT 2

- Records: MIT (4-6); Middlebury (8-1)

- Location: Middlebury, Vt. (Kohn Field)

- The Lead: Nationally-ranked No. 3 Middlebury College poured in 13 goals during the first half, en route to a 20-2 victory over the MIT women's lacrosse team on Thursday. First-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) tallied two goals, four draw controls, two groundballs, and a caused turnover for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Panthers won the opening draw and found the back of the net in a span of 22 seconds, sparking their big offensive first half. MIT's best chance to get on the scoreboard during the opening frame was on a free-position shot by first-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.), but it was saved with 2:28 left in the half.

- The Engineers ended the shutout three minutes into the second stanza when Then scooped up a groundball following junior Sydney LaPorte's (Baltimore, Md.) saved shot and beat the Middlebury goalie. The hosts increased their advantage to 14-1 at the 23:46 mark but Then connected on pass from first-year Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) almost four minutes later. The Panthers replied with six goals to close out the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Lutz totaled three draw controls while first-year Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) posted two groundballs, one draw control, and one caused turnover. In net, sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) collected five saves and two groundballs during the first half. First-year Kiely Smiga-McManus (Etna, N.H.) made one save during 19 minutes of action in the second half as classmate Elena Boal (West Windsor, N.J.) generated four saves down the stretch.

- Middlebury ended the day with advantages in shots (31-11), draw controls (14-9), and groundballs (15-12).

- MIT was 5-of-13 during its clearing attempts and was unable to convert its three free-position attempts.

- The Panthers were 13-of-14 during their clearing attempts and were 2-of-3 from eight meters.

UP NEXT:

- MIT resumes NEWMAC play with a visit to Wellesley College on Saturday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m.

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