No. Women's Lacrosse Falls to No.. 3 Springfield, 14-13 in Overtime, in NEWMAC Semifinal

Rayna Higuchi
Photo by Paul Rutherford

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 3 Springfield College 14, No. 2 MIT 13 (OT)

- Records: MIT (10-8); Springfield (12-6)

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

- The Lead: Springfield College's Taylor Pichel tied the game on a free-position shot with 11 seconds remaining in regulation and then Katie Martel converted her free-position attempt 1:41 into overtime, giving the No. 3 seeded Pride a 14-13 victory over No. 2 MIT in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Thursday night. Springfield will travel to top-seeded Babson College for the championship game on Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- A goal by Anjelia Altebrando just 35 seconds into the game sparked a 6-2 run for the Pride, which was capped by Pichel's second unassisted marker with 18:06 on the clock. Junior Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) redirected a feed from first-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.), kicking off a 5-1 burst which brought the Engineers within 8-7 following a blast by first-year Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) at the 8:53 mark. Gabby Fogg gave Springfield some breathing room with just over two minutes remaining, however, first-year Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) went end-to-end, finding the back of the net with 11 seconds left before halftime.

- Higuchi evened the score at nine courtesy of a feed from senior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) almost three minutes into the second stanza, but Martel quickly put the Pride ahead on her second free-position goal of the night. A defensive battle ensued until Wing buried an extra-man goal with 17:15 on the clock. Exactly six minutes later, Higuchi gave MIT an 11-10 lead with a man-up goal.

- Kate Sarnacki produced the next two goals for Springfield, giving it a slight edge after her free-position shot with 8:25 left to play. Lutz knocked in a pass from senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) 40 seconds later and then first-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) put the Engineers in front, 13-12, at the 4:45 mark. After trading possessions, Pichel was awarded a free-position attempt with 36 seconds remaining but sophomore goalie Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) made the save. The Pride regained possession and another foul set up Pichel's game-tying free-position goal with 18 seconds to go. MIT won the ensuing draw and Hoffman was awarded a free-position attempt with three ticks left, however, Brenna Keefe made the defensive stand in net, sending the game into overtime.

- In the extra session, Katie Campbell won the draw for the visitors, setting up what proved to be the final possession of the game. Martel was given a free-position attempt after 1:41 elapsed and her shot trickled past Adams for the victory. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

- Higuchi finished with five goals, one assist, and three draw controls while Lutz posted three goals and one assist. Flooks dished out three assists as Hoffman totaled one goal, one assist, and four draw controls. Then notched four draw controls while sophomore Allison Pinto (Ann Arbor, Mich.) collected four groundballs. Junior Leah Vogel (Houston, Texas) generated three caused turnovers followed by two from senior Lucy Halperin (Seattle, Wash.) and Katie Pelton (Wayne, Pa.). Adams ended the night with 10 saves.

- Martel powered Springfield with five goals as Pichel had four. Sarnacki registered three goals and an assist while Taylor Kane tallied eight draw controls, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Campbell produced six draw controls as Fogg contributed one goal, one assist, and four draw controls. Andie Stone paced the Pride with three groundballs while Keene made 10 saves.

- Springfield led the way in shots (30-28) and draw controls (19-10) while MIT had a 19-16 edge in groundballs.

- The Engineers were 17-of-23 during their clearing attempts and went 1-of-6 in free-position attempts.

- The Pride was 14-of-18 during its clearing attempts and went 5-of-13 in free-position shots.

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