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Springfield’s Second Half Scoring Run Pushes Pride Past Women’s Lacrosse

Seven Point Run Gives Springfield 13-9 Win Despite Six Points from Cheng

By Robert Aronstam

STAFF WRITER

The women’s lacrosse team fell to Springfield College by a score of 13-9 on Saturday. Although the contest was evenly matched in the first half, Springfield’s dominance in the second half gave them the win.

After Springfield scored the opening goal of the match, MIT’s Debbie Cheng ’04 answered with a score of her own. Thus began a first half battle that yielded four different tie scores. Both teams maintained possession of the ball for nearly equal amounts of time, allowing both squads to have several scoring opportunities. When MIT was on offense, they looked to Cheng to take the shots on goal.

Cheng was up to the challenge. The freshman attacker found the holes in the Springfield defense with ease, scoring each of the team’s six first-half goals. Cheng relentlessly wove through the Springfield defense, leaving the defenders on their heels. However, the Springfield offense matched Cheng’s scoring spree, making the score 6-6 at halftime.

Going into the second half, the match appeared as if it would be a nail-biter. Springfield College had other ideas.

The Springfield Pride roared their way to a 7-0 run to open the second half of play and dominated the game by refusing to relinquish possession. They forced MIT into poor play, which included countless errant passes. MIT was unable to stop Springfield’s offense and was unable to launch a counterattack of its own until it was too late.

The comeback attempt began with five minutes remaining with a goal from Theresa Cheng ’02. With the desperation mounting, Jennifer M. Fiumara ’02 took matters into her own hands. In possession of the ball while near the Springfield goal, she lowered her shoulder and drove straight into the defense, drawing a foul. Fiumara was unable to capitalize on the ensuing direct shot. Undeterred, Fiumara attempted the same move on her next possession. This time, Fiumara picked apart the Springfield defense, scoring an unassisted goal. Sarah Briggs ’03 added MIT’s final goal as the buzzer sounded.

The loss to Springfield drops MIT’s record to 1-5 for the season. The women take on Endicott College at home on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.