- Score: MIT 15, Smith College 8
- Records: MIT (10-7, 7-1 NEWMAC); Smith (9-8, 3-5 NEWMAC)
- Location: Northampton, Mass. (Turf Field)
- The Lead: The MIT women's lacrosse team wrapped up the regular season by defeating Smith College, 15-8, on Saturday afternoon. Senior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) dished out four assists, breaking the Institute record for assists in a season and eclipsing the mark of 44 which she set last year. She also became the first player in program history to generate 100 career assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT outscored Smith, 9-3, in the first half. Junior Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) set up first-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) for the first goal of the game just 32 seconds after the opening draw. Senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) found the back of the net exactly 30 seconds later, helping Flooks break her own season assists record. Higuchi followed with a solo effort of her own, giving the Engineers a 3-0 lead at the 27:10 mark. The Pioneers ended the shutout five minutes later, but MIT put together a 6-2 run to eventually enter halftime with a 9-3 advantage.
- McCormick provided the first two goals of the second half, the first coming after 50 seconds elapsed while the second was a free-position shot three minutes later. Smith responded with three straight goals, narrowing the gap to 11-6 with 21:58 on the clock. The Engineers countered with back-to-back goals, with Hoffman being a factor in both strikes. She earned an assist on Then's blast before redirecting a feed from Higuchi. The score remained unchanged until a strike by the Pioneers with just under 11 minutes remaining, which kicked off an exchange of goals that was capped by another Then marker.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- McCormick finished with five goals and one assist while Then totaled five goals and five draw controls. Higuchi generated two goals, two assists, six groundballs, and three caused turnovers as Hoffman posted two goals, one assist, and two draw controls. Junior Leah Vogel (Houston, Texas) produced four groundballs while sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) tallied 12 saves and three groundballs.
- MIT ended the day with advantages in shots (34-26) and groundballs (24-16) while Smith led the way in draw controls (16-9).
- The Engineers were 20-of-22 during their clearing attempts and went 4-of-7 in free-position shots.
- The Pioneers were 13-of-22 during their clearing attempts and went 2-of-4 in free-position shots.
- As the No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament, MIT receives a bye during the quarterfinals and will host either No. 3 Springfield College or No. 6 Smith College in a semifinal game on Thursday, May 2.