Women’s lacrosse sweeps Emerson Freshman scores five goals to lead Engineers to 19-8 victory

Trailing by one goal late in the first half, MIT rattled off six unanswered goals as it went on to defeat Emerson College, 19-8, in a NEWMAC women’s lacrosse game on Saturday. Emily Young ’18 led all players with seven points on five goals and two assists to go along with a game-high eight draw controls for the Engineers (13-2, 6-1 NEWMAC). Junior Tayllar Righini paced the Lions (8-5, 3-4 NEWMAC) with three goals and two assists.

Righini opened the scoring within the first two minutes of play but Kira Schott ’16 buried the equalizer on a free-position shot. Shortly after the draw, Righini found freshman Tara Windsor to give Emerson a 2-1 edge at the 25:03 mark. Sparked by a strike from Isabella DiDio ’16, MIT generated three goals in less than three minutes to claim a 4-2 lead. The Lions replied with their own three-goal spurt as markers by Righini sandwiched a free-position shot by junior Guerin Morissette. With 10 minutes remaining before halftime, Young registered back-to-back goals to kick off the hosts’ game-changing 6-0 run. Hannah Levy ’17 found the back of the net twice as a solo strike by Kristyn Berretta ’16 gave the Engineers a 10-5 advantage at the intermission.

The majority of the second stanza was a back-and-forth defensive battle until an exchange of goals midway through the frame. Morrissette’s free-position goal with 13:34 remaining narrowed the gap to 12-7 for Emerson but exactly 31 seconds later Katie Notarangelo ’18 responded with one of her own, igniting a 7-1 run to close out the game.

Levy finished with six goals as DiDio tallied two goals, five groundballs, and three draw controls. Schott posted three goals and three draw controls while Notarangelo registered two goals, one assist, and three draw controls. Berretta collected four groundballs as goalie Eva Boal ’18 produced 10 saves and seven groundballs.

Windsor had a hat-trick for the Lions while junior Maggie Sheetz came up with six groundballs and a caused turnover. In net, junior Victoria Kanaris amassed 20 saves and 14 groundballs.