- Score: MIT 16, Bridgewater State University 13
- Records: MIT (3-2); Bridgewater State (2-4)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
- The Lead: In a game of runs, MIT used a 4-1 burst during the final six minutes of regulation to capture a 16-13 victory over Bridgewater State University in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Monday night. Freshman Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) racked up five goals, five draw controls, four groundballs, and two caused turnovers for the Engineers. Melissa Renauld paced the Bears with four goals and an assist.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT generated five unanswered goals during the first 10:30 of the game. A strike by Victoria McDonough at the 16:29 mark put Bridgewater State on the board and sparked a 5-1 run that saw it come within one (6-5) with 1:03 on the clock. Higuchi increased the Engineers' cushion by finding the back of the net 10 seconds before halftime.
- The Bears knotted the score at seven less than three minutes into the second stanza courtesy of markers by McDonough and Renauld. A free-position shot by junior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) gave the hosts a slight edge but Renauld quickly replied with the equalizer with 20:22 remaining.
- During the next 1:22, Notarangelo found the back of the net twice and earned an assist on freshman Sofia Lobo's (Midland, Mich.) goal to create an 11-8 cushion. Bridgewater State chipped away at the deficit, eventually tying the game at 12 on Rebecca McGlone's solo effort with 7:30 to go.
- Goals by Notarangelo and Higuchi created some breathing room; however, McGlone connected on a feed from McDonough that narrowed the gap to 14-13 at the 4:28 mark. This was as close as it would get as two more strikes from Higuchi, including an empty netter, helped MIT secure the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Notarangelo finished with four goals and one assist as junior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) generated two goals, two assists, and five draw controls. In net, junior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) collected seven saves and five groundballs.
- McDonough produced three goals, one assist, and five groundballs while McGlone and Brooke Buckner both posted two goals. Elizabeth Ettridge totaled one goal, one assist, five groundballs, and two caused turnovers as Taylor Brown amassed a game-high five caused turnovers. Allie Forman turned away seven shots in net for Bridgewater State.
- MIT finished with advantages in draw controls (19-11) and was 4-of-8 in free-position shots while the Bears converted one of their two attempts. Bridgewater State ended the night with the upper hand in shots (31-28) and groundballs (26-16).
- Both squads are back in action with home games on Wednesday, March 22. MIT will open NEWMAC play against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy while Bridgewater State will square off with non-conference foe the University of New England.