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Women's Lacrosse Falls to MIT in the NEWMAC Championship, 11-10

Women's Lacrosse Falls to MIT in the NEWMAC Championship, 11-10

Springfield, Mass, - May 3, 2015 - Playing in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship game for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to MIT, 11-10, on Sunday afternoon at Stagg Field.

Springfield, which was ranked No. 19 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, ends its season with an overall record of 15-3, a program best. The Pride was led by midfielder Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.), who registered three goals, the last of which broke Springfield's single-season scoring record, as the senior capped her final campaign with 53 goals.

In net, sophomore goalkeeper Gabriella Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) finished the contest with a game-high 13 stops, while her counterpart, Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) posted four stops in the win.

For Springfield, along with Dorsey's three, Kerstin Lindrooth (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) scored three of her own, while Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown, N.Y.) picked up two goals and one assist in the loss.

For her efforts throughout the weekend, MIT junior defender Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) was named the tournament's Most Oustanding Player. Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) led the Engineers with three goals, while junior midfielder Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) registered two goals and two assists in the win.

MIT held a 32-21 advantage in shots in the game, while also holding a 30-25 edge in ground balls, 13-10 margin in draw controls and only surrendered 18 turnovers to Springfield's 23.

Springfield got on the board first with a free-position strike from Dorsey just 1:53 into the contest, before Young evened the game at one goal apiece with a goal in transition at the 20:26 mark of the opening half.

MIT took the lead at the 17:18 mark when Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) capitalized on a free-position opportunity, before Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) took a pass from Schott and found the back of the net to extend the Engineers' lead to two with 15:21 left in the half.

Bianca Raniolo pulled the Pride back to within one when she caught a pass from Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) on the crease and rolled away from pressure, before firing a shot past Boal to make it 3-2, MIT, with 11:00 remaining in the period.

After taking in a pass at the midfield from Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.), Lindrooth dodged through the MIT defense and found the back of the net to even the game at three goals apiece with 4:46 left in the stanza. 

With 25 seconds left in the frame, Lindrooth picked up a loose ball after a shot from Bianca Raniolo that rung the post and bounced a shot past Boal to give the Pride a 4-3 advantage heading into the halftime break.

Springfield carried its momentum into the second half as Dorsey beat her defender at the top of the arch and dodged down the middle of the field, before bouncing a shot into the right side of the net to give the Pride a 5-3 lead just 56 seconds in.

Colleen Keeley (Agawam, Mass.) gave the Pride a three-goal lead after finishing off a feed from Heather Raniolo, before Schott ended Springfield's 5-0 run to bring the Engineers back to within a pair with 25:03 left. 

Lindrooth helped the Pride regain its three-goal lead just 1:30 later when she took a pass from Bianca Raniolo found the graduate student in the crease for an easy catch-and-finish to give the Pride a 7-4 advantage, before Heather Raniolo pushed the Pride's lead to four when she dodged down the middle of the MIT defense and found twine with 21:50 remaining.

After Young's second of the game to bring the Engineers back to within three, Dorsey dodged to the middle of the field and bounced a shot into the right side of the net to score her third goal of the contest, and the 53rd of the season, breaking the program's single-season scoring record and giving the Pride a 9-5 lead with 16:42 remaining.

A long clearing pass from Anderson found the stick of Heather Raniolo, who cleared the ball and attempted a pass to Bianca Raniolo in front of the net, but the ball would bounce off of her stick and into the back of the net to give the Pride a 10-5 lead midway through the second stanza. 

DiDio would find the back of the net for the second time with 12:00 remaining to cut MIT's deficit back to four, before Schott fired a shot on Anderson, picked up the loose ball after a save and buried her second opportunity to make it a 10-7 game with 10:08 remaining.

Young pumped in her third of the game just 33 seconds later when she took a pass from Levy up top and fired a shot past Anderson to cut the Engineers' deficit to two with 9:35 left in the contest.

With 5:30 left in the contest, DiDio found twine on a free-position strike to bring MIT to within one, before Levy dodged down the right alley and bounced a shot past Anderson to even the score at 10 apiece 39 seconds later. 

MIT capped off its six-goal run when Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) put a shot on net, that bounced high off the cross bar and down into the net with 52 seconds remaining to give the Engineers a late 11-10 edge. Notarangelo's goal would prove to be the game-winner, as Springfield would not be able to counter.