Women's Lacrosse Holds Off Wheaton for 14-11 Win

An action photo of Rayna Higuchi, facing forward, running to the right
Photo by Nate Cruz Walma

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 14, Wheaton College 11

- Records: MIT (8-7, 5-1 NEWMAC); Wheaton (6-8, 4-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Norton, Mass. (Diane C. Nordin '80 Field)

- The Lead: Despite a late run by Wheaton College, the MIT women's lacrosse team held on a for a 14-11 NEWMAC victory on Saturday afternoon. Junior Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) tallied five goals, one assist, and three groundballs for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Wheaton registered the first goal of the day after four minutes expired, but first-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) scored on a free-position attempt and then buried an unassisted marker to give MIT the lead with 19:42 on the clock. The Lyons generated three straight goals, however, the Engineers responded with a 5-1 run during the final 9:18 of the half. Higuchi registered three goals and an assist during the spurt, as her final marker gave MIT a 7-5 edge with one tick left before halftime.

- The visitors carried the momentum into the second stanza as they generated another 5-1 burst which increased their advantage to 12-6 at the 15:59 mark. Wheaton replied with its own 5-1 run, coming within two (13-11) with 3:25 left to play. First-year Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) recorded what proved to be the final goal of the game when she converted a free-position shot a minute later.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Then racked up three goals, one assist, seven draw controls, and three groundballs while Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) tallied two goals, two assists, five groundballs, and four draw controls. First-year Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) registered one goal, one assist, four draw controls, and three groundballs as senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) notched two goals. Senior Lucy Halperin (Seattle, Wash.) generated two caused turnovers while sophomore goalie Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) made six saves.

- MIT led the way in shots (36-22) and draw controls (19-7) while Wheaton had the upper hand in groundballs (25-18).

- The Engineers were 15-of-15 during their clearing attempts and converted five of their seven free-position attempts.

- The Lyons were 17-of-21 during their clearing attempts and went 0-of-4 from eight meters.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to Cambridge to play NEWMAC foe U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m.

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