Engineers Rally Past Wellesley, 16-13

Senior Meghan Wright

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the score knotted at 10 midway through the second half, MIT mounted a 5-0 run that propelled it to a 16-13 victory over Wellesley College in a NEWMAC women's lacrosse game on Tuesday night. Senior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) scored two of her game-high six goals during the pivotal rally for the Engineers (5-9, 2-3 NEWMAC). Sophomore Claire Canty (East Rockaway, N.Y.) also turned in a six-point performance for the Blue (6-7, 1-4 NEWMAC) as she totaled three goals and three assists to go along with six groundballs and five draw controls.

Wright and freshman Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) put MIT on the board early in the contest but a solo effort from senior Allison Robbins (North Bennington, Vt.) cut Wellesley's deficit in half. Both sides went on to trade goals until strikes by senior Meredith Roy (Merrimack, N.H.) and junior Brit Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) evened the score at four with 13:08 on the clock. Wright's unassisted marker led to another stretch of back-and-forth scoring before a free-position shot by freshman Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) and a blast by Schott gave the Engineers an 8-6 edge at the intermission.

The Blue opened the second stanza with a 3-1 spurt courtesy of strikes by Robbins, Canty, and Msciz. DiDio won the ensuing draw and went directly to the net to give MIT a slight edge (10-9) but Canty found Mscisz for the equalizer two minutes later. At the 15:35 mark, a solo effort by DiDio sparked the game-changing run that led to three more goals in a span of four minutes.

A defensive battle ensued which saw junior Tori Hysko (Reisterstown, Md.) turn away two shots for Wellesley while freshman Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) made four saves for MIT. The Engineers eventually ended the scoring drought on a free-position shot by freshman Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.), resulting in a 15-10 advantage with 2:58 to go. Roy quickly converted her free-position attempt but that was matched by MIT senior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 1:39 remaining. Despite the deficit, Wellesley continued to attack as Robbins found the back of the net twice during the final 21 seconds.

DiDio registered four goals, 10 draw controls, and seven groundballs for the Engineers. Wacker finished with two goals as Schott posted two goals and three draw controls. Sophomore Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) generated three assists and two groundballs while Kennedy totaled 10 saves, including seven in the second half.

Robbins paced the Blue with four goals and added four groundballs as Mscisz earned a hat-trick. Roy notched two goals and three draw controls while sophomore Meghan Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn.) rounded out the scoring with a goal. Senior Elizabeth Clemetson (Freeport, Maine) collected three groundballs as Hysko tallied 11 saves and three groundballs.

MIT hits the road on Thursday, April 18 for a trip to Eastern Connecticut State University while Wellesley will travel to conference foe Smith College on Saturday, April 20 for its final game of the regular season.