BOSTON, Mass. – Kate Lemire's four goals and Victoria Kanaris's 13 saves kept the Emerson Women's Lacrosse Team in the hunt Tuesday night as the Lions fell just shy to the visiting MIT Engineers in a 15-11 final. The Lions are now 7-7 overall and 1-5 in conference play while MIT improves to 10-5 and 3-3 in the NEWMAC.
The first half saw EC compete hard against the Engineers with Emerson taking nine ground balls to MIT's seven. The Engineer offense was potent though, putting up 23 shots in the half as Kanaris saved eight. The Lions took the early lead off a goal from Guerin Morissette from Krystie Zoch, but MIT fired back for two more to take the lead.
Emerson tied it again with Kanika Misra putting away her 12th on the season that MIT answered immediately before Tayllar Righini added her 17th of the year from Misra to make it 3-3. The Engineers fired back to only see Emerson ring the bell again with Kate Lemire taking a pass from Misra to tie it 4-4 with nearly 20 minutes remaining.
From there the Engineers took control though as Isabella DiDio dropped a hat trick on EC in the next five minutes to take control as MIT put up five undisputed. Kate Lemire added another goal for EC but MIT closed it out with one from Keeley Erhardt to head into the half up 11-6.
MIT came out hard again in the second half adding a goal within the first five minutes. EC's Meredith Weber put away her 28th of the year to make it 12-7 but MIT answered again. The Lions strung together back-to-back goals within a minute though as Kate Lemire found Krystie Zoch and Maggie Sheetz put away a free position shot for her second goal of the year to make it 13-9.
The Lions nipped at the heels of MIT throughout though as the Engineers added another but Alex Corrado gave a nasty assist to Guerin Morissette before Sheetz set up Kate Lemire to cut it to 14-11 with just over two minutes to go. MIT stepped up to stop the surging Lions to put away one more goal to pull it to the 15-11 final.
The Lions return to action on Saturday to close out the 2014 regular season as they travel to Babson to close out NEWMAC play. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. in Babson Park, Mass.