Endicott Holds On to Defeat Women's Lacrosse, 16-15

A group photo of the women's lacrosse team

THE BASICS:

- Score: Endicott College 16, MIT 15

- Records: MIT (2-3); Endicott (4-0)

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

- The Lead: A 6-1 run by Endicott College at the start of the second half created enough of a cushion as it held on to defeat MIT, 16-15, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Wednesday. Senior Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) produced three goals, two assists, and nine draw controls for the Engineers while Julia Lantieri posted four goals and four caused turnovers for the Gulls.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT jumped out to a 5-2 lead after almost eight minutes of action. Sophomore Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) contributed one goal and two assists to the burst while classmate Ali Hoffman (Port Washington, N.Y.) accounted for one goal and one assist. Endicott responded with a 5-1 run which featured three goals from Lantieri, as her third marker put the Gulls in front, 7-6, with 7:17 on the clock.

- First-year Emma Tauckus (Manhasset, N.Y.) tied the game with a free-position blast but Katie Schenk replied with one of her own. Inside the final 51 seconds, Higuchi set up first-year Lindsey Gambino (Garden City, N.Y.) for the equalizer and then Higuchi connected on a pass from first-year Ellie Rabenold (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 9.9 seconds remaining, giving the Engineers a 9-8 edge at halftime.

- Katy Garvin opened the second half with back-to-back free-position goals for Endicott. Higuchi followed with a free-position goal of her own, knotting the game at 10 at the 25:21 mark. The Gulls replied with four goals in a span of 5:31 to create their largest lead of the day. Goals from Kiana Napolitano bookended the burst as Morgan Pike recorded two assists.

- MIT chipped away at the deficit as back-to-back Tauckus free-position goals brought it within 15-14 with 7:58 left to play. The next six minutes were a defensive battle as Endicott goalie Alexandra Rose made three saves while first-year Abigail Kolyer (Manhasset, N.Y.) turned away one shot for the Engineers. The Gulls eventually ended the stalemate courtesy of a solo effort from Garvin with 1:06 remaining. Gambino came up with the resulting draw control and then found Rabenold for the goal with 51 seconds to go. Higuchi won the draw but Alexandra Taylor forced a turnover during the final seconds and corralled the ball to secure the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Rabenold finished with two goals and two assists as Tauckus recorded a hat trick and three groundballs. Lutz posted one goal and two assists while Gambino notched two goals. First-year Trudy Painter (Vienna, Va.) totaled three caused turnovers and a goal as Kolyer compiled 13 saves, five groundballs, and two caused turnovers. 

- Schenk, Garvin, and Napolitano each generated hat tricks while Garvin added four groundballs. Maya Feigenbaum tallied seven draw controls, three groundballs, and two goals while Gabriella Prisco had one goal, one assist, and four draw controls. Rose ended the day with eight saves.

- Both teams collected 18 groundballs but Endicott had the edge in shots (34-32) and shots on goal (29-23).

- The Engineers were 23-of-25 during their clearing attempts and 4-of-10 in free-position shots.

- The Gulls were 20-of-21 during their clearing attempts and 5-of-8 in free-position shots.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams will be back in action this weekend. MIT will host Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. while Endicott will travel to Williams College the next day for a 2:00 p.m. start.

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