The MIT Women’s Lacrosse team beat Wheaton 14-10 on Monday in a pivotal match on Roberts Field. The Engineers dominated in the first half, with only three turnovers and a total of 21 shots to Wheaton’s 10. Kathleen M. Kauffman ’12 and Laura M. Wacker ’13 scored MIT’s first five goals, with Wheaton’s Tess Meyer and Katie Powers each finding the goal for a 5-2 score to begin the game. However, Wheaton was then unable to respond, and the Engineers brought the half to an end with five unanswered goals and a 10-2 score.
At the start of the second half, Wacker scored a quick goal, making it seem like the momentum from the first half was going to carry through. However, Wheaton came back strong and took advantage of draw controls and some turnovers by the Engineers. In 10 minutes, they managed to bring the score to 13-7, but MIT was able to hold them off for the rest of the game, which ended with a final score of 14-10.
As a result of this win, the Engineers have secured the third seed in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament, behind first seed Springfield and second seed Babson. This Saturday, they will play in a semifinal game against Babson. If they win, they advance to the NEWMAC finals on Sunday, which will be held at Springfield.