Engineers Hold Off Westfield State for 12-11 Win

Ashley Masucci
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 12, Westfield State University 11

- Records: MIT (7-5); Westfield State (11-2)

- Location: Westfield, Mass. (Alumni Field)

- The Lead: Westfield State University came within one goal on two occasions late in regulation but it could not overcome the deficit as the MIT women's lacrosse team held on for a 12-11 non-conference victory on Saturday night. Senior Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) racked up four goals, six groundballs, six draw controls, and five caused turnovers for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Westfield State opened the scoring at the 21:46 mark and then tacked on two more goals in a span of 3:27. Senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) put MIT on the board with 17:41 on the clock and then connected on a pass from junior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) less than a minute later. An exchange of goals followed, moving the score to 5-3 in favor of the Owls with 11:27 remaining. A free-position shot by Notarangelo ignited a 5-0 run for the Engineers which she capped with another free-position strike, giving the visitors an 8-5 lead heading into halftime.

- Young and Notarangelo fueled a 3-1 spurt during the first 8:32 of the second stanza. Young found the back of the next after 2:19 expired but Westfield State ended its scoring drought at the 22:48 mark. Notarangelo responded with back-to-back goals, the first assisted by Young, to give MIT an 11-6 advantage.

- The Owls battled back, closing the gap to 11-10 with 6:01 on the clock. Exactly 49 seconds later, senior Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) set up classmate Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.) for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Westfield State continued to attack, cutting its deficit in half (12-11) with 3:34 left to play.

- Following some back-and-forth play, the Owls gained possession just beyond MIT's offensive zone along the far sideline with 19 seconds remaining. After lobbing the ball downfield, the hosts charged the net but their point-blank shot ricocheted off senior Allison Kaslow's (Lithia, Fla.) shoulder and sailed out of bounds as time expired.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Young tallied five goals, one assist, and seven draw controls as Flooks dished out three assists. Masucci posted five draw controls and four groundballs while senior goalie Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) registered 15 saves and three groundballs.

- MIT finished the night with an 18-6 advantage in draw controls while Westfield State led the way in shots (37-25) and groundballs (23-20).

- The Engineers were 9-of-13 in clearing attempts and converted all four of their free-position shots.

- The Owls were 18-of-22 in clearing attempts and scored on their only free-position attempt.

- This was the first meeting between both programs.

UP NEXT:

- MIT concludes its road trip on Wednesday, April 18 when it travels to NEWMAC foe Emerson College for a 7:30 p.m. start.

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