- Score: Williams College 17, MIT 6
- Records: MIT (1-4); Williams (3-2)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
- The Lead: Williams College rattled off five goals in a span of 3:47 to pull away for a 17-6 win in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Wednesday afternoon. Claire Fitzpatrick tallied four goals and two assists for the Ephs while senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) registered a hat trick for the Engineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Williams opened the game with three straight goals during the first 1:27. Sophia Millay found the back of the net 12 seconds after the opening draw as Allison Norris and Kailie Saudek quickly increased the Ephs' lead. The score remained unchanged until Fitzpatrick buried a strike midway through the half and then added another unassisted marker, making the score 5-0 with 10:49 on the clock.
- McCormick ended the shutout courtesy of an assist from senior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) at the 6:35 mark. Williams replied with a three-goal burst, but first-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) found junior Sydney LaPorte (Baltimore, Md.) with 2:59 remaining, shifting the score to 8-2.
- Then earned her second assist of the day when she set up first-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) exactly 59 seconds into the second stanza. The Ephs responded with back-to-back free-position goals from Emma TenBarge, however, first-year Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) and McCormick countered with their own free-position shots, bringing MIT within 10-5 with 25:24 remaining.
- The margin held for almost five minutes until a strike by Mason Yonge ignited Williams' pivotal five-goal run. Fitzpatrick earned assists for the first two goals before scoring the next one herself while Yonge capped the spurt with an assist on Meghan Halloran's goal.
- McCormick completed the hat trick on Then's pass with 13:12 to go but Allison Norris wrapped up the scoring with back-to-back goals during the last eight minutes of the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wing recorded five groundballs and two draw controls as junior Leah Vogel (Houston, Texas) collected three groundballs. Sophomore Joyce Noh (Los Angeles, Calif.) chipped in two draw controls for the Engineers. In net, first-year Kiely Smiga-McManus (Etna, N.H.) made 10 saves in the first half while sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) closed out the game with eight stops.
- Norris finished with four goals and an assist as Halloran totaled three goals, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Yonge posted one goal, two assists, and three groundballs while Millay amassed nine draw controls to go along with two goals. TenBarge notched seven draw controls and three caused turnovers as Kami Cisneros had six saves and three groundballs.
- Williams ended the day with advantages in shots (41-14), groundballs (22-15), and draw controls (19-6).
- MIT was 18-of-24 during its clearing attempts and converted two of its three free-position shots.
- The Ephs were 22-of-23 during their clearing attempts and went 2-of-5 from eight meters.
- Both teams will take on conference foes on Saturday, March 23 at 12:00 p.m. MIT will host NEWMAC rival Springfield College while Williams will travel to nationally-ranked No. 21 Bates College for a NESCAC match up.