Women's Lacrosse Comes From Behind to Defeat Springfield, 14-12

Lucy Halperin
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 14, Springfield College 12

- Records: MIT (2-4, 1-0 NEWMAC); Springfield (3-5, 0-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: Five goals during a span of 14:03 gave MIT the lead for good as it went on to defeat Springfield College, 14-12, in the NEWMAC women's lacrosse opener for both teams on Saturday. Senior Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) dished out a career-high six assists and tacked on a goal while recording the 100th point of her career for the Engineers. Taylor Pichel led the way for the Pride with three goals, three assists, and four draw controls.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Katie Campbell connected on a pass from Allie Goddard 57 seconds after the opening draw to put Springfield on the scoreboard. First-year Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) put MIT in front courtesy of an unassisted marker and a free-position shot, however, the Pride responded with five unanswered goals to go up 6-2 at the 16:11 mark. Pichel posted a goal and an assist while Kate Sarnacki scored back-to-back goals during the run.

- First-year Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) found senior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) for a man-up goal, setting off a 4-1 spurt that brought the Engineers within 7-6 with 7:03 left in the half. Springfield quickly created some breathing room, capitalizing on Pichel's free-position strike and an unassisted effort by Katie Martel to enter halftime with a 9-6 lead.

- MIT chipped away at the deficit, eventually tying the game at the 22:47 mark of the second stanza. Lutz redirected feeds from Wing and McCormick and then first-year Eva Then (Yarmouth, Maine) buried the equalizer on a free-position shot. The Pride countered with goals by Pichel and Amanda Nusbaum in a span of 2:12 to go up 11-9.

- After saves by both goalies, Flooks set up junior Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.), cutting the deficit in half with 16:35 on the clock. A defensive battle ensued until first-year Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) tied the game on a free-position shot at the 8:50 mark. Following a Springfield turnover shortly after the draw, Then connected on a pass from Flooks, giving the Engineers the lead for good with 7:28 remaining.

- Following an MIT turnover deep in its offensive end, Flooks caused goalie Brenna Keefe to turn the ball over. Flooks quickly scooped up the groundball and found McCormick for what proved to be the game-winning goal with 5:10 to go. The McCormick-Flooks connection returned 2:38 later, resulting in a man-up goal and a 14-11 advantage. The Pride, which had been held scoreless for almost 20 minutes, capped the scoring on a blast by Sarnacki with 46 ticks left.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- McCormick finished with four goals and one assist while Lutz totaled three goals, two assists, three groundballs, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Wing posted two goals, one assist, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers as Then tallied two goals, six draw controls, and two caused turnovers. First-year Kiely Smiga-McManus (Etna, N.H.) made one save during the first half while sophomore Hannah Adams (McLean, Va.) collected four saves and two groundballs to earn the win in net.

- Sarnacki recorded three goals and one assist as Martel earned a hat trick. Andie Stone notched five groundballs and three caused turnovers while Taylor Kane led the way with five draw controls. Campbell chipped in three groundballs as Maria Antonellis had two caused turnovers. Keefe ended the day with nine saves and three groundballs.

- MIT had advantages in shots (29-21) and groundballs (19-18) while Springfield had the upper hand in draw controls (15-13), including an 11-5 margin during the first half.

- The Engineers were 20-of-22 during their clearing attempts and went 3-of-6 in free-position shots.

- The Pride was 16-of-25 during its clearing attempts and converted four of its eight free-position attempts.

- In a series that began in 1999, this was MIT's first regular-season win over Springfield. The Engineers only other win versus the Pride was the championship game of the 2015 NEWMAC Tournament. In that match up, MIT generated six unanswered goals during the final 12 minutes of regulation to come from behind for an 11-10 victory.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will travel to nationally-ranked No. 22 Colorado College on Wednesday, March 27 for a 6:00 p.m. game (4:00 p.m. Mountain Time). Springfield, meanwhile, returns to action on Saturday, March 30 when its visits NEWMAC foe Babson College at 12:00 p.m.

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