Strong Start Helps MIT Cruise Past Coast Guard, 16-2

Ali Hoffman
Photo by Nate Cruz Walma '22

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 16, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 2

- Records: MIT (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (6-10, 3-4 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: The MIT women's lacrosse team generated 11 unanswered goals in the first half en route to a 16-2 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in NEWMAC action on Wednesday. First-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) powered the Engineers with five goals, five draw controls, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Haley McCue tallied one goal, three groundballs, and three caused turnovers for the Bears.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- First-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) scored four of MIT's first seven goals as senior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) produced four assists and a goal during the opening frame. A solo effort by junior Emily Ryeom (New York, N.Y.) with 1:09 left gave the Engineers an 11-0 advantage heading into the intermission.

- Coast Guard ended the shutout courtesy of Etta Davis's free-position shot after 3:10 elapsed in the second stanza. MIT replied with three consecutive free-position strikes by Then, which was followed by a man-up goal from Lutz that moved the score to 15-1 with 17:56 left to play. A defensive battle ensued during the next eight minutes until senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) recorded the Engineers' final goal of the game. Despite the deficit, the Bears continued to attack as McCue buried a free-position shot with just under three minutes remaining.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Flooks finished with one goal and five assists while Lutz produced five goals, four groundballs, and three draw controls. McCormick posted a hat trick as first-year Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) totaled five groundballs, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers. In net, sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) collected nine saves.

- Katherine DeHart notched three groundballs and two caused turnovers while Leah Llewellyn contributed two groundballs and two caused turnovers. Davis and Haley Howard both chipped in two draw controls. In net, Mary Budri made three and was credited with the loss while playing 25 minutes. Rebecca Dolan generated seven saves in 29 minutes of action as Morgan Lusk played for six minutes but did not turn away a shot.

- MIT ended the game with advantages in shots (36-13), groundballs (21-18), and draw controls (14-5).

- The Engineers were 17-of-21 during their clearing attempts and went 5-of-8 in free-position shots.

- The Bears were 9-of-18 during their clearing attempts and converted two of their four free-position shots.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams wrap up the regular season on Saturday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. MIT will travel to Smith College while Coast Guard will host Wheaton College.

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