- Score: MIT 13, Emerson College 12
- Records: MIT (7-7, 4-3 NEWMAC); Emerson (6-9, 4-3 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
- The Lead: A strong first half would be just enough as MIT held on to defeat Emerson College, 13-12, in a NEWMAC women's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon. Meredith Weber tallied a game-high five goals to go along with two draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Lions while junior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) powered the Engineers with four goals, seven draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT gradually established a 10-1 advantage following freshman Rayna Higuchi's (Solana Beach, Calif.) second goal of the game with 6:44 left in the first half. Paige Haley ended Emerson's scoring drought just over a minute later while Weber found the back of the net with 1:49 remaining. Young capped the scoring by completing the hat trick with 31 seconds to go, giving the Engineers an 11-3 lead at the intermission.
- The Lions slowly put together a 6-1 run over the course of the first 16 minutes of the second stanza that saw Tara Windsor account for half of the scoring. A solo effort by junior Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.) briefly stopped the visitors' momentum but Megan Messuri won the ensuing draw and went directly to net, making the score 13-9 at the 11:02 mark. Weber then followed with a pair of unassisted goals to cut Emerson's deficit in half with 7:51 left in regulation.
- After some back-and-forth play, Kristina Modica came up with three saves before Weber buried her fifth goal with just under four minutes remaining. MIT junior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) corralled the resulting draw control and the hosts retained possession down the stretch to secure the victory
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Notarangelo posted two goals and three draw controls while senior Erica Green (Ivyland, Pa.) notched two goals and three groundballs. Junior Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) registered two groundballs, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls as classmate Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) generated five saves for the Cardinal and Gray
- Windsor finished with three goals while Messuri registered two goals and one assist. Haley totaled four groundballs and three caused turnovers as Modica racked up 10 saves.
- MIT produced advantages in shots (31-19) and draw controls (18-9) while Emerson led the way in groundballs (16-15). The Engineers were 3-of-7 in free-position attempts as the Lions converted one of their two eight-meter shots.
- Both squads close out the NEWMAC regular season on the road on Wednesday, April 26. MIT will travel to Babson College while Emerson will visit Springfield College.