- Score: Endicott College 15, MIT 8
- Records: MIT (1-3); Endicott (2-2)
- Location: Beverly, Mass. (Hempstead Stadium)
- The Lead: Endicott College rattled off six goals during the last 10:35 of the game, pulling away for a 15-8 victory over the MIT women's lacrosse team on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) powered the Engineers with one goal and four assists to go along with three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Endicott jumped out to a 3-0 lead but a Flooks goal and a man-up strike by first-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) brought MIT within one at the 19:39 mark. The Gulls found the back of the net a minute later, however, Then connected on a pass from Flooks to keep the Engineers within striking distance midway through the half. Endicott replied with five straight goals, entering halftime with a 9-4 advantage.
- MIT chipped away at the deficit, narrowing the gap to 9-8 with 15:23 left to play. First-year Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) started the run by redirecting a feed from Flooks, which was followed by Then's free-position goal. First-year Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) recorded her first intercollegiate marker courtesy of a pass from classmate Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) while Then capped the run with a blast that was set up by senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.).
- The score remained unchanged until Endicott found the back of the net with 10:35 remaining, resulting in its first goal of the second half. A defensive battle ensued before the Gulls generated five goals down the stretch, including three during the final minute of action.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Then totaled four goals, three draw controls and two caused turnovers as McCormick posted a goal and an assist. Sophomore Allison Pinto (Ann Arbor, Mich.) recorded five groundballs and two caused turnovers while Wing tallied five caused turnovers and three draw controls. Senior Shannon Francis (Houston, Texas) chipped in four groundballs as first-year Kiely Smiga-McManus (Etna, N.H.) made nine saves in her first intercollegiate start in net.
- Endicott led the way in shots (28-17), groundballs (25-17), and draw controls (16-9).
- The Engineers were 19-of-25 during their clearing attempts and converted one of their six free-position shots.
- The Gulls were 20-of-24 in clears and 1-of-3 from eight meters.
- MIT will host Williams College on Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m.