MIT Holds on to Defeat Plymouth State, 14-12

Freshman Emily Berzolla
Freshman Emily Berzolla

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 14, Plymouth State University 12

- Records: MIT (2-2); Plymouth State (0-1)

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

- The Lead: In the first meeting between both programs since 2004, the MIT women's lacrosse team defeated Plymouth State University, 14-12, on Saturday. Junior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) and sophomore Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) both posted three goals and two assists for the Engineers while Megan Tingley powered the Panthers with five goals and two assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT gradually built a 6-2 lead after senior Hannah Levy's (Yardley, Pa.) goal at the 12:46 mark. Plymouth State battled back, narrowing the gap to 7-5 with 14 seconds left. Tingley was a factor in the last two goals as she earned an assist on Sam Sullivan's marker before completing the hat trick by winning the draw and going directly to net. Like Tingley, Young won the resulting draw and found the back of the net right before time expired.

- The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza as strikes by McCormick and freshman Sofia Lobo (Midland, Mich.) increased the advantage to 10-5 after 3:18 expired. The Panthers quickly countered with goals from Sullivan and Caroline Vonachen. MIT matched this when Young scored and then set up McCormick for her third goal of the day, making the score 12-7 at the 21:44 mark.

- Despite the deficit the visitors continued to attack as Tingley's solo effort brought Plymouth State within 14-12 with 3:11 left to play. The Engineers won the next draw but Meg Brault came up with a groundball after an MIT turnover. The ensuing clearing attempt resulted in a turnover with 1:46 remaining. Once action resumed, the hosts did not relinquish possession down the stretch to hold on for the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) posted two goals and an assist as Levy finished with two goals for the Cardinal and Gray. Young posted a game-high five draw controls while freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) registered five groundballs and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) collected three caused turnovers as junior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) came up with nine saves.

- Sullivan recorded four goals while Becky Dale produced five groundballs and three caused turnovers. Kimmie Zuccaro chipped in three groundballs, three caused turnovers, and a goal as Brault turned away eight shots for the Panthers.

- Plymouth State had a 14-13 edge in draw controls while MIT had the upper hand in shots (28-26) and groundballs (22-20). In addition, the Engineers converted one of their five free-position attempts while the Panthers were held scoreless during their two eight-meter attempts.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its homestand on Monday, March 20 when it plays Bridgewater State University. Plymouth State concludes its road trip on Tuesday, March 21 with a visit to SUNY Oneonta.

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