First-Half Run Helps Propel MIT to 24-16 Season-Opening Win over Keene State

Senior Hannah Levy
Senior Hannah Levy

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 24, Keene State College 16

- Records: MIT (1-0); Keene State (0-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: An 11-1 run that spanned almost 12 minutes in the first half helped give MIT a lead it would not relinquish as it went on to defeat Keene State College, 24-16, in the season-opener for both women's lacrosse teams on Wednesday. Senior Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) became the fourth player in program history to surpass 200 career points as she generated four goals and six assists for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Keene State slowly built a 3-1 lead after 11 minutes elapsed. Strikes by sophomore Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) and junior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) evened the score but a quick solo effort from Taylor Graf put the Owls back in front at the 17:12 mark. MIT responded with nine unanswered goals during the next 11 minutes to go ahead for good at 12-4. Back-to-back strikes from Taylor McFarland ended Keene State's scoring drought and helped it outscore the Engineers, 4-2, during the last six minutes of the half.

- The visitors continued to chip away at the deficit as they narrowed the gap to 15-11 within the first nine minutes of the second stanza. Chelsea Lewis found the back of the net twice while Farland converted a free-position shot to stay within striking distance. This was as close as it would get as an unassisted marker by freshman Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) sparked an 8-3 run, which moved the score to 24-14 with 5:15 left to play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Young finished with a game-high eight points on six goals and two assists to go along with seven draw controls. In her intercollegiate debut, Higuchi racked up five goals, seven draw controls, five groundballs, and three caused turnovers. McCormick posted six goals and an assist while junior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) collected seven saves, five groundballs, and four caused turnovers.

- Lewis recorded a game-high seven goals and added five draw controls for the Owls. Farland totaled four goals, two assists, four groundballs, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers as Kelly Chadnick notched three goals, one assist, and three groundballs. In net, Alison Argiro registered eight saves in 40 minutes while Anna O'Brien made four stops.

- MIT outshot Keene State, 42-30 and had a 23-19 advantage in draw controls along with a 27-19 margin in groundballs. The Engineers converted 11 of their 17 free-position attempts while the Owls were 3-of-5 in eight-meter attempts.

- Today's game featured the second-highest combined goal total in program history. On April 19, 2014, MIT and Mount Holyoke College combined for 41 goals in the regular-season finale for both teams.

- The Engineers set an Institute record for goals in a game, eclipsing the previous mark of 22, which occurred on April 19, 2014 against Mount Holyoke and March 10, 2015 versus Simmons College.

UP NEXT:

- Both squads are back in action on Saturday, March 4. MIT will host Tufts University while Keene State will travel to Roger Williams University.

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