Engineers Overpower Coast Guard, 15-4, in NEWMAC Opener

Junior Eva Boal
Junior Eva Boal

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 15, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 4

- Records: MIT (4-2, 1-0 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (2-5, 0-1 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: MIT rattled off 13 straight goals to pull away for a 15-4 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the NEWMAC women's lacrosse opener for both teams on Thursday night. Junior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) powered the Engineers with seven goals, one assist, and four draw controls.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Young and sophomore Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) gave MIT a 2-0 lead just over two minutes into the game. Coast Guard countered with strikes from Daria McKenna and Abigail Bradford to even the score at the 23:07 mark. Less than a minute later freshman Rayna Higuchi's (Solana Beach, Calif.) free-position shot was stopped by Hannah Delguercio but Higuchi collected the rebound and found the back of the net. Her marker set off a string of 12 unanswered goals that gave the Engineers a 14-2 advantage at halftime.

- MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as sophomore Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) redirected a feed from Young after 5:35 elapsed. The Bears saw their scoring drought end with 20:44 on the clock when Ceceilia Hosley scooped up a groundball after Anna McGoldrick's saved shot and put the ball past junior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.). The visitors capped the scoring with 1:15 remaining on a strike by MegMarie Stanchi.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- McCormick totaled three goals and four assists as Higuchi posted two goals, one assist, and four draw controls. Junior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) also notched four draw controls, followed by three from classmate Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.). In net, Boal turned away eight shots.

- Nicole Budri generated three groundballs and two caused turnovers while Leah Llewellyn registered a game-high three caused turnovers to go along with two groundballs. Delguercio finished the day with 11 saves and three groundballs for the Bears.

- MIT recorded advantages in shots (34-14), groundballs (23-14), and draw controls (15-6).

UP NEXT:

- Both squads take on non-conference foes in their next outings. MIT will visit Colorado College on Sunday, March 26 while Coast Guard will host Western Connecticut State University on Saturday, March 25.

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