Big Second Half Lifts Women's Lacrosse to 14-4 Win Over Western Connecticut

An action photo of Ellie Rabenold, facing to the left, with her stick over her right shoulder
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 14, Western Connecticut State University 4

- Records: MIT (2-2); Western Connecticut (2-1)

- Location: Danbury, Conn. (Westside Athletic Complex)

- The Lead: The MIT women's lacrosse team outscored Western Connecticut State University, 9-2, in the second half en route to a 14-4 win on Saturday. First-year Ellie Rabenold (Cincinnnati, Ohio) amassed three goals, one assist, seven groundballs, four draw controls, and four caused turnovers for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Senior Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) put MIT on the scoreboard 34 seconds after the opening draw and then sophomore Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) increased the Engineers' lead almost three minutes later. WestConn cut its deficit in half to 2-1 at the 24:19 mark, but MIT generated back-to-back goals to create some breathing room. Hoffman connected on a pass from Higuchi with 20:47 on the clock and then Rabenold redirected a feed from first-year Trudy Painter (Vienna, Va.) seven minutes later. The Colonials ended their scoring drought with 6:37 left in the half, however, the Engineers quickly responded with a strike from first-year Lindsey Gambino (Garden City, N.Y.) to give them a 5-2 lead at halftime.

- In the second stanza, MIT rattled off four goals in a span of 4:33 to break the game open. Rabenold kicked the burst off with a free-position strike at the 26:32 mark and then Gambino earned assists on goals by Hoffman, sophomore Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.), and first-year Emma Tauckus (Manhasset, N.Y.). WestConn found the back of the net with 21:13 on the clock, making the score 9-3. This was as close as it would get as the visitors posted five unanswered goals until the Colonials capped the scoring with 5:15 left to play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Hoffman totaled three goals, two assists, and four groundballs while Gambino finished with one goal and four assists. Higuchi posted three goals and one assist as Tauckus notched two goals and seven groundballs. Sophomore Christine Padalino (Potomac, Md.) bolstered the defense with three caused turnovers and three groundballs.

- In net, first-year Abigail Kolyer (Manhasset, N.Y.) made five saves in 56 minutes of action. Sophomore Elena Boal (West Windsor, N.J.) turned away one shot as she closed out the game for the Engineers.

- Both teams registered 10 draw controls while MIT ended the day with advantages in shots (28-15), shots on goal (20-10), and groundballs (32-26).

- The Engineers were 21-of-24 during their clearing attempts and went 1-of-4 in free-position shots.

- WestConn was 15-of-25 during its clearing attempts and did not convert its five free-position shots.

- This was the first meeting between both programs since 2011. MIT has won all five match ups since the series began in 2004.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will host Endicott College on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m.

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