Wheaton Holds Off Engineers, 13-11

Junior Erica Du

NORTON, Mass. – Despite outscoring Wheaton College, 9-3, in the second half, it would not be enough as the Lyons would hold on for a 13-11 victory over the MIT women's lacrosse team on Saturday. Senior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced the Engineers with four goals and an assist as they ledger moved to 2-3 on the year and 0-1 in NEWMAC play.

Freshman Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) tallied two goals, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers for MIT. Seniors Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) and Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.), junior Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.), sophomore Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.), and freshman Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) each scored a goal. Wright and freshman Nadia Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) both recorded two draw controls while sophomore Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) collected six saves.

The Lyons opened the game with four unanswered goals before Wacker put MIT on the board at the 19:20 mark. Wheaton tacked on three more goals to extend its lead to 7-1 but a solo effort by Kane came with nine minutes left in the half. The hosts then scored three more times to enter the break ahead, 10-2.

Schott found the back of the net after 27 seconds elapsed in the second stanza but the Lyons quickly reestablished their comfortable cushion. Back-to-back strikes by Wacker narrowed the gap to six (11-5) with 26:26 on the clock. The game became a defensive battle during the next 11 minutes until Wheaton ended its scoring drought. The Engineers responded with goals by DiDio, Wright, Wacker, and Schott to trim their deficit to three (12-9) with 10:39 left to play.

The Lyons controlled possession for a majority of the next four minutes before registering what proved to be their final goal of the day. The game became a back-and-forth affair until Du converted a feed from Wright with 1:17 remaining while McShane found the back of the net with 19 ticks on the clock. Wheaton then collected the ensuing draw control to hold on for the victory.

Next up for MIT will be a pair of games at Colorado Colleges. The Engineers will take on the host Tigers on Tuesday, March 26 with a game against Pacific University slated for the following day.