Springfield Grinds Out 11-10 Win over MIT in NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Semifinals

Junior Katie Notarangelo
Junior Katie Notarangelo

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 1 Springfield College 11, No. 5 MIT 10

- Records: MIT (8-8); Springfield (13-4)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Stagg Field)

- The Lead: In a back-and-forth second half, top-seeded Springfield College generated the game-winning goal with 5:54 left in regulation to capture an 11-10 victory over No. 5 seed MIT in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday. Freshman Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) posted a game-high four goals to go along with three draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Springfield produced the first two goals of the game during the opening 2:21 of play. MIT responded with four straight goals to claim the lead at the 21:13 mark. Higuchi put the Engineers on the board while senior Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) buried the equalizer on a free-position attempt. Junior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) was a factor in the next two strikes. She connected on a pass from classmate Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) and then found sophomore Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) after she won the draw.

- The Pride gradually chipped away at the deficit, going ahead 5-4, with 6:55 left in the frame. The Engineers replied with their own three-goal spurt in a span of 2:13. Higuchi produced back-to-back strikes while a Young free-position goal gave the visitors a small cushion. The series of runs continued as Springfield registered a pair of goals to make the score 7-7 at halftime.

- The hosts opened the second-half scoring after 1:48 expired. MIT countered with markers by McCormick and Higuchi to inch ahead, 9-8, at the 23:17 mark. The Pride matched the Engineers' effort, reclaiming the lead with 17:48 remaining.

- The game became a defensive battle as junior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) made three saves for MIT while Gabby Anderson turned away two shots for Springfield.

- Young ended the stalemate when she redirected a feed from freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.), knotting the score at 10 with 9:31 left to play. After an exchange of possessions, the Pride converted a free-position attempt with just under six minutes remaining to go ahead for good.

- The back-and-forth play resumed with MIT coming up with the ball in its defensive end with 11.4 seconds on the clock. After their own timeout, the Engineers advanced the ball past midfield but could not put a shot on net before time expired.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Notarangelo totaled five caused turnovers, four groundballs, one goal and one assist while Young posted two goals, one assist, and six draw controls. Boal finished the game with seven saves.

- MIT registered advantages in groundballs (18-15), draw controls (14-9), and was 4-of-5 in free-position shots while Springfield was 4-of-6 from eight meters. The Pride had a 21-19 edge in shots and forced 19 turnovers while committing 14 of its own. The hosts were successful in 16 of their 18 clear attempts while the Engineers were 13-of-19 on the clear.

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