CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's lacrosse team rattled off eight unanswered goals to start the game as it went on to defeat Eastern Connecticut State University, 17-6, in a non-conference women's lacrosse tilt on Tuesday night. Freshman Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) led the way for the Engineers (4-0) with seven goals on seven shots while senior Erin Conn (Moriches, N.Y.) paced the Warriors (0-4) with four goals and six draw controls.
Levy opened the scoring after 29 seconds expired and scored three more times during the first-half run. Eastern Connecticut ended the shutout at the 15:55 mark when Conn redirected a feed from junior Meg Eremita (South Windsor, Conn.) and then the duo collaborated for an encore performance six minutes later, narrowing the gap to 8-2. After being held scoreless for 12 minutes, MIT broke through on a solo effort from senior Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.) to enter halftime with a comfortable cushion.
The Engineers controlled the action early in the second stanza as they found the back of the net twice, increasing their margin to 11-2. Freshman Keeley Erhardt (Ann Arbor, Mich.) set up sophomore Nadia Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) for the first marker while sophomore Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) added an unassisted goal. The Warriors responded with senior Ashley Wolk (Barrington, R.I.) burying a pass from freshman Nicole Fretz (Newington, Conn.) with 21:52 on the clock, but in a span of two minutes Schott and DiDio generated goals that moved the score to 13-3.
Despite the deficit, Eastern Connecticut continued to attack as a solo effort from freshman Devyne Doran (South Kingstown, R.I.) sparked a three-goal spurt for the visitors. Conn then registered back-to-back scores to help the Warriors come within seven (13-6) with 8:19 left to play. MIT replied by closing out the game with four goals inside the final six minutes as sophomore Tate DeWeese (Towson, Md.) started the rally while Levy produced the remainder of the scoring.
Schott finished with three goals, two assists, six draw controls and two groundballs as DiDio totaled two goals, one assist, four draw controls, and three groundballs. Sophomore Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) both posted a goal during the Engineers' first-half scoring spree while Berretta added four draw controls and two groundballs. Sophomore Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) bolstered the defense with three groundballs. In net, junior Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) recorded four saves in the first half as freshman Stephanie Pavlick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) collected five saves during the final 30 minutes of action.
Wolk racked up four groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers for Eastern Connecticut as freshman Karen Trescott (Somers, Conn.) gathered a game-high five groundballs. Doran chipped in three groundballs, followed by two from Eremita, Fretz, and senior Finley Ahearn (Wallingford, Conn.). Freshman goalie Taylor Emmerson (Colchester, Conn.) amassed 11 saves in the loss.
Both squads are on the road for their next games. MIT will visit Gordon College on Thursday, March 13 while Eastern Connecticut will head to Salve Regina University the following day.