IRVING, Texas – Playing the program's first game against a team from the Lone Star State, the MIT women's lacrosse team topped the University of Dallas, 20-0, on Tuesday night. The shutout was the first for the Engineers (6-1) since they began intercollegiate varsity play in 1993 while their goal total was one shy of tying the Institute record.
Freshman Keeley Erhardt (Ann Arbor, Mich.) led the way with five goals as classmate Erica Green (Ivyland, Pa.) posted three goals and two assists. Sophomore Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.) tallied three assists, five draw controls, four groundballs, and two caused turnovers while fellow sophomore Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) compiled two goals, seven draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) notched three goals and an assist as junior Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) produced two goals, one assist, and two caused turnovers.
Senior Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.) scored twice while sophomore Kristen Eller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned an assist. Sophomore Nadia Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman Tate DeWeese (Towson, Md.) both scored a goal as Wallace added two caused turnovers. Sophomore Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) generated a game-high three caused turnovers and tacked on a goal. In net, junior Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) made two saves in the first half while freshman Stephanie Pavlick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) stopped one shot to preserve the shutout. As a team, the Engineers compiled 16 caused turnovers and allowed just five shots.
DiDio recorded the first three goals of the game, including back-to-back free-position strikes after minutes expired. MIT then rattled off four goals in a span of 1:51 to increase its lead to 7-0 at the 22:08 mark. Erhardt bookended the spurt as Eller earned the assist on her second goal while Muri found the back of the net and assisted Schott's shot. After some back-and-forth play, Erhardt completed the hat-trick midway through the frame which was followed by Green being a factor in the visitors' next four goals. Berretta found her for two straight scores before Green set up DeWeese, extending the advantage to 11-0 with 11:27 to go. Two minutes later, Green capped off her four-point spurt courtesy of a solo effort. A defensive battle ensued until MIT scored twice during the final 48 seconds. Wallace connected on a pass from DiDio as Schott won the ensuing draw and went directly to net, giving the Engineers a 14-0 margin at halftime.
Muri provided MIT's first marker in the second stanza while Ehardt generated two goals 2:45 apart as her second blast came with 18:02 on the clock. Du provided the next two goals at the 10:45 and 8:14 marks with assists going to Berretta and Green. Jiang wrapped up the scoring with the first goal of her career which came with 4:30 remaining in regulation.
Upon their return from Texas, the Engineers resume NEWMAC play on Saturday, March 29 with a trip to Springfield College.