Score: MIT 13, Emerson 12
Records: Emerson Lions (6-9, 4-3 NEWMAC) ; MIT Engineers (7-7, 4-3 NEWMAC)
Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
Date: April 22, 2017
The Lead: The Emerson women's lacrosse team produced a nine-goal second half to propel them to within one of MIT, but the Engineers managed to hold on and hand the Lions a NEWMAC defeat on Saturday afternoon where senior Meredith Weber (West Caldwell, N.J.) notched five goals for the second time in back-to-back games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- MIT jumped out to the 3-0 advantage after a goal by Ashley Masucci at 23:38 before junior Brooke Goshtigian (Acton, Mass.) netted Emerson's first goal at 18:45 to put the Lions within a pair.
- Starting on a goal by Katie Notarangelo at 17:44, MIT embarked on an offensive tear and put six more goals, including a pair of nets by Rayna Higuchi, past junior goalkeeper Kristina Modica (East Moriches, N.Y.) for the 10-1 lead.
- Sophomore Paige Haley (San Diego, Calif.) slipped in her first goal of the season at 5:35 to end Emerson's scoring drought followed by a net from Weber to put the score at 10-3 with 1:49 remaining in the half.
- Emily Young found the back of the net with 31 seconds in the first half to give MIT the 11-3 lead going into the second half.
- The Lions outscored the Engineers, 9-2, within the final 30 minutes and erased the Engineers eight-goal lead to bring the score to one.
- Emerson began to chip away at MIT's lead just five minutes into the start of the second half thanks to consecutive nets from junior Tara Windsor (Palm City, Fl.) and Weber with the score at 11-5.
- A net from Young put MIT back up by seven at 12-5 as the Engineers and Lions traded off scoring through the remainder of the half.
- The Lions used a goal from junior Megan Messuri (Stoneham, Mass.) and two from Windsor to close within four at 12-8 with 13:45 on the clock.
- Ashley Masucci halted Emerson's momentum and put in MIT's final goal at 11:20 to keep the Engineers ahead at 13-8.
- Messuri nabbed a draw control win, which ensued in driving to the net to bury Emerson's ninth goal at 11:02 to make the score 13-9 that was followed by an unassisted pair of goals from Weber to bring the Lions within a pair at 13-11 with 7:51 to play.
- With under four minutes left in regulation, Modica made three saves as Weber poured in her fifth goal to put the Lions deficit at one at 13-12.
- MIT won the game's final draw control to give the hosts possession for the remainder of the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Weber posted five goals for the second time in two games to match two draw control wins and caused two turnovers for Emerson, while Windsor finished with three goals and Messuri registered a pair of goals and one assist.
- Haley scooped up a team-best four ground balls and caused a trio of turnovers to match her first goal of the season.
- Modica manned the net for 60 minutes and came up with 10 saves.
- Young posted a team-high four goals for MIT along with seven draw controls and two caused turnovers, while Erica Green picked up three ground balls and two goals.
- Eva Boal made five saves during the full 60 minutes in between the pipes for MIT.
- MIT held the advantages in both shots (31-19) and draw controls (18-9), but it was Emerson who led the way in ground balls (16-15).
- The Lions finished 1-of-2 on free-position shot opportunities as the Engineers were 3-for-7 in free position attempts.
- Emerson wraps up 2017 on the road at Springfield on Wednesday, April 26 for a NEWMAC season finale at 6:00 p.m.
- MIT is also in NEWMAC road action on Wednesday as they head to Babson to close out their 2017 campaign.
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