MIT Rallies to Edge Women's Lacrosse, 17-14

MIT Rallies to Edge Women's Lacrosse, 17-14

BABSON PARK, Mass.— Senior Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) and classmate Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) recorded seven goals apiece as visiting MIT downed Babson College, 17-14, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

Babson, which suffered its first NEWMAC loss, falls to 6-6 on the year and 3-1 in the league, while MIT improves to 6-5 and 3-1 in the conference play.

Junior Lexi Lenaghan (Hingham, Mass.) logged five goals to go along with two assists, first-year Georgia Salvatore (Westwood, Mass.) found the back of the net four times and added an assist, and the duo of first-year Juliana McGuire (Sparta, N.J) and junior Riley Buonagurio (Duxbury, Mass.) each scored twice. Sophomore Sarah DeLucia (Guilford, Conn.) picked up a team-high five groundballs, first-year Sara O'Connor (Marshfield, Mass.) caused three turnovers, and classmate Cricket Fligor (Weston, Mass.) recorded three saves for the Beavers.

Notarangelo, who broke a 14-all deadlock with three straight goals, led all players with 10 draw controls for the Engineers. Junior Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) chipped in with three goals, while classmate Ana Flooks (Weston, Conn.) recorded a game-high five assists in the win. Senior Allison Pinto (Ann Arbor, Mich.) caused three turnovers and classmate Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) turned away eight shots to earn her fourth win of the year.

Neither team led by more than two goals in a back-and-forth first half that featured seven ties and five lead changes. Lenaghan and McGuire scored 59 seconds apart to give the Green and White a 5-4 advantage at the 18:17 mark, but Young followed with two straight goals to put MIT back in front 6-5 with 11:30 left in the period.

Buonagurio tied it up 50 seconds later to start a 5-2 Babson spurt that included three goals from Lenaghan to give the hosts a 10-8 lead at the break. Salvatore extended the margin to three just under six minutes into the second half, but the Engineers ripped off five straight goals, four of them by Young, to take a 13-11 lead with 16:04 to play.

Babson pulled with 3:55 remaining after back-to-back goals by McGuire and Salvatore. Notarangelo took over down the stretch though, winning three straight draw controls and scoring three straight free-position goals over the final 3:22 to seal MIT's first win over the Beavers since 2015.

The Engineers were a perfect 7-for-7 on free-position shots, while the Green and White committed 12 of its 17 turnovers over the final 30 minutes.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Coast Guard at 1 p.m., while MIT visits Westfield State at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 33-5 all-time against MIT.
• Wednesday's loss marks just the second time in 21 games over the last two years that Babson has lost after leading at halftime.
• The 17 goals allowed by the Green and White, which entered the day with a league-best 6.67 goals against average over its first three games, are the most since giving up 18 to Wheaton back on April 18, 2006.
• Salvatore recorded her fifth consecutive multi-goal game and has now produced 14 goals and five assists over the last five contests.

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