CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first meeting between both programs, Drew University defeated MIT, 17-11, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Krysta Cento (Garden City, N.Y.) led all scorers with seven goals and three assists to go along with five groundballs, two draw controls, and a caused turnover for the Rangers (5-7). Senior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced the Engineers (5-8) with four goals and added three groundballs.
Cento found the back of the net after 46 seconds expired while junior Brooke Gagliano (Freehold, N.J.) extended Drew's lead right off the ensuing draw. Blasts by Wacker sandwiched a goal from senior Devon Affleck (Abington, Pa.) to bring MIT within one (3-2) at the 17:11 mark. The Rangers responded with a three-goal burst during the next 10 minutes to gain some breathing room. After picking up the draw control, freshman Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) went directly to the cage where she cut the Engineers' deficit to three (6-3). Sophomore Nikki Kleiman (Cranford, N.J.) registered her second goal of the frame for Drew but junior Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.) matched the effort with 2:23 on the clock. Cento then closed the half with back-to-back goals to give the visitors a 9-4 cushion at the intermission.
The Rangers carried the momentum into the second stanza as Kleiman helped them establish their largest advantage of the day by redirecting a feed from Affleck. MIT replied with four unanswered goals to narrow the gap to two (10-8) at the 25:19 mark. A solo effort by freshman Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) started the run which was followed by an unassisted strike from senior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.). Wacker then converted a free-position shot and redirected a feed from sophomore Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) to cap the spurt.
Kleiman broke up the rally courtesy of a free-position goal but DiDio's unassisted marker at 20:46 maintained the two-goal deficit. Cento found Kleiman for her fifth goal of the game 33 seconds later before capitalizing on a free-position shot to gain some breathing room at 13-9. Schott kept the Engineers within striking distance as she found the back of the net with 18:13 left to play but this was as close as it would get as Drew generated a 4-1 run to wrap up the game.
Schott tallied two goals, five groundballs, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers while DiDio posted two goals, four groundballs, and three draw controls for MIT. Wright notched one goal, one assist, and four groundballs as senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) chipped in one goal, one assist, and three draw controls. Freshman Nadia Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) added three draw controls while classmate Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) collected nine saves.
Kleiman finished with six goals, one assist, seven draw controls, and four groundballs for the Rangers. Affleck registered two goals, two assists, and three draw controls as sophomore Larkin Dolan (Morristown, N.J.) and Gagliano both had one goal and one assist. Junior Kaitlyn Dalziel (Ocean Township, N.J.) tacked on four groundballs while junior CC Carlini (Amherst, N.H.) came away with 19 saves.
MIT returns to NEWMAC play on Tuesday, April 16 when it hosts Wellesley College while Drew concludes its Massachusetts roadtrip on Sunday, April 14 at Wheaton College.