CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 5-1 run during the last 15 minutes of the first half helped propel Eastern Connecticut State University to a 15-9 win over MIT in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon. Junior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced the Engineers with four goals while junior Daniela Marchitto (Orange, Conn.) tallied six points on two goals and four assists for the Warriors.
Senior Nicole Shusdock (Norwalk, Conn.) opened the scoring and then found classmate Ashley Prizio (Brookfield, Conn.) to increase the visitors' lead. The Cardinal and Gray responded with solo efforts from junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) and sophomore Kaitlyn Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) to even the game at two. Goals by Eastern Connecticut's Marchitto and sophomore Erin Conn (Moriches, N.Y.) were matched by senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) and Wacker to preserve the deadlock.
Following the ensuing draw, Prizio connected on a Marchitto pass that put the Warriors ahead for good and ignited the game-changing run at the 15:16 mark. Conn recorded an unassisted goal, but Kauffman found the back of the net to cut MIT's deficit in half (6-5). Marchitto buried a free-position shot and earned the assist on sophomore Ashley Wolk's (Barrington, R.I.) strike. Shusdock capped the first-half scoring, increasing the margin to 9-5.
Goals by Shusdock and Prizio during the first 10 minutes of the second stanza gave Eastern Connecticut some breathing room. Blasts by sophomore Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.) and Wacker sandwiched a Warrior free-position goal that shifted the score to 12-7 with 13:52 left to play. Prizio and Shusdock struck again, resulting in Eastern Connecticut's largest advantage of the day. The Engineers continued to attack as two Wacker goals bookended the final marker for the Warriors.
In addition to her team-high scoring performance, Wacker added two groundballs, two draw controls, and one caused turnover. Sophomore goalie Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) amassed 19 saves and three groundballs as junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) totaled five draw controls and two groundballs.
Shusdock finished with four goals, one assist, and two groundballs while Prizio tallied four goals, two groundballs, two draw controls, and one caused turnover. Conn notched two goals, four draw controls, and two groundballs as junior Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury, Conn.) gathered four groundballs. In net, senior Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton, Conn.) collected 12 saves.
Next up for MIT (0-4) will be a home game against Framingham State University on Tuesday, March 20. Eastern Connecticut (4-2) continues its road trip next week, traveling to Hilton Head, S.C. where it will face Concordia University on Monday, March 19.