Wellesley Holds on to Defeat Engineers, 18-16

Sophomore Cecilia McCormick
Sophomore Cecilia McCormick

THE BASICS:

- Score: Wellesley College 18, MIT 16

- Records: MIT (4-6, 1-2 NEWMAC); Wellesley (4-4, 1-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Turf Field)

- The Lead: Wellesley College rattled off eight straight goals in the second half to reclaim the lead before holding on for an 18-16 victory over MIT in NEWMAC women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) paced the Engineers with five goals and one assist, helping her surpass 100 points for her career.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- After a back and forth start to the game, Wellesley generated five goals in a row to go up 7-3 after 12:19 elapsed. MIT chipped away at the deficit as back-to-back strikes by junior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) evened the score at eight with 3:04 on the clock. The Blue responded by the finding the back of the net 19 seconds later to enter the intermission with a slight edge.

- The Engineers opened the second stanza with six unanswered goals during the first 4:28 to take a 14-9 lead. Senior Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) generated one goal and three assists during the run while McCormick and junior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) both scored twice.

- Wellesley gradually mounted its game-changing run, going ahead 17-14 with 9:18 left to play. A solo effort by freshman Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) ended MIT's scoring drought at the 6:02 mark. She then set up sophomore Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) less than a minute later to bring the visitors within one (17-16). This was as close as it would get as the Blue capped the scoring with 2:12 remaining. The Engineers nearly cut their deficit in half but shots by junior Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) and senior Erica Green (Ivyland, Pa.) were turned away down the stretch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Young finished with four goals and seven draw controls while Levy posted two goals and three assists. Junior Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.) collected seven draw controls as classmate Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) came up with 13 saves.

- MIT had the upper hand in draw controls (19-15) but Wellesley led the way in groundballs (15-9) and shots (35-27). The Blue also converted three of its five free-position shots while the Engineers were 2-of-5 in their eight-meter attempts.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues NEWMAC action on the road on Wednesday, April 12 with a trip to Smith College.

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