Cambridge, Mass. - March 23, 2019 - In it's first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest of the 2019 season, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to MIT, 14-12, on Jack Barry Field at Steinbrenner Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Pride has now dropped five-consecutive contests and falls to 3-5 on the year and 0-1 in conference play, while the Engineers improve to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the NEWMAC. In a rematch of last season's conference semifinal meet, Springfield College owned a 15-13 advantage in draw controls, while MIT produced 29 shots compared to the Pride's 21. MIT also held a 19-18 margin in ground balls, while Springfield College committed 24 turnovers, including 16 in the first half.
Despite the loss, Springfield College was led by sophomore Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.), who posted six points on three goals and three assists, while Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) registered four points on three goals and one helper. Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) secured a game-high five draw controls, while Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) had three caused turnovers and five ground balls.
Springfield College got on the board first with a goal from Katie Martel (Granby, Conn.) just 53 seconds into the contest, before MIT's Shannon Wing (Westford, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals to make it a 2-1 Engineers' lead with 26:19 on the clock. The Pride then rattled off five-consecutive goals to take a 6-2 lead as Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) started the rally with an unassisted strike at the 24:46 mark, before Pichel converted a free-position chance just 2:10 later. Sarnacki and Martel then had consecutive free-position goals, before MIT ended the rally with a goal with 14:22 left in the first half.
From there, Martel helped the Pride take a 7-3 advantage as she buried a feed from Pichel, but MIT responded with three-straight goals in a 4:04 span to make it a one-goal game. With 5:56 in the stanza, Pichel and Martel each scored to send the maroon and white into the break with a three-goal, 9-6 lead.
MIT scored the first three goals of the second half to make it 9-9 with 22:47 to play, before Springfield College answered with goals from Pichel and Nusbaum to take an 11-9 advantage at the 20:35 mark.
From there, MIT went on a five-goal run to take a 14-11 lead, and Sarnack scored her third of the game with 46 seconds to play, but the Pride's rally fell short, resulting in a two-goal win for the Engineers.