CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first meeting between both programs and the season opener for both teams, the MIT women's lacrosse team came defeated Mount Ida College, 18-9, on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.) opened her Mustangs career with four goals, while sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) and freshman Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) paced the Engineers (1-0) with six goals apiece.
DiDio put MIT on the board after 48 seconds elapsed and sandwiched a strike by Levy with a free-position goal to increase the lead to 3-0 at the 19:31 mark. Sophomore Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.), who assisted on Levy's marker, founded the back of the net less than 30 seconds later to extend the game-opening run. Mount Ida ended the shutout when senior Molly Sheppard (Brookhaven, N.Y.) redirected a feed from sophomore Samantha Basler (Plymouth, Mass.) with 17:41 on the clock.
The Engineers replied with goals from junior Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) and DiDio during the next 1:25; however, Beaulieu and Basler provided markers of their own to narrow the gap to 6-3. Moments after the ensuing draw, Levy scored, sparking a 4-0 run during the final 13:17 of the half. DiDio netted two goals while sophomore Nadia Wallace (Rochester, N.Y.) converted a free-position shot to give MIT a 10-3 advantage at the intermission.
The Cardinal and Gray carried the momentum into the second stanza as it rattled off three goals during the first nine minutes. Levy bookended the spurt as her second tally was set up by sophomore Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.) while Schott recorded a solo effort. Beaulieu ended Mount Ida's scoring drought midway through the frame; however, freshman Tate DeWeese (Towson, Md.) provided a free-position strike that glanced off junior goalie Sammy Levitt's (Wayland, Mass.) leg. Levy quickly followed with her fifth goal of the day to give MIT a 15-4 lead with 13:08 left to play.
Despite the deficit the Mustangs continued to attack, generating three unanswered goals over the course of six minutes. Beaulieu started the rally with a free-position shot while Sheppard and Basler added unassisted goals to bring Mount Ida within eight (15-7). DiDio thwarted the comeback attempt with her final goal of the day as both sides traded scores during the final 6:07 of the game.
Beaulieu added four groundballs and a caused turnover to her team-high scoring effort as Sheppard and Basler both generated two goals and an assist. Sheppard also had two draw controls while Basler tallied four groundballs. Junior Kaitlyn Affhauser (Cheshire, Mass.) converted a feed from classmate Nicole Batakis (East Longmeadow, Mass.) for the Mustangs' final goal of the game while Affhauser contributed three groundballs. Junior Amanda Bowen (Randolph, Vt.) posted two groundballs and two draw controls, and graduate-student Alison Koning (Carlisle, Mass.) recorded two groundballs. Levitt amassed 13 saves, including several point-blank stops for the visitors.
In addition to her career-high scoring performance, DiDio totaled nine draw controls and three groundballs while Levy tacked on three groundballs, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Schott finished with three goals, two assists, and four draw controls as Wallace notched one goal, one assist, and two groundballs. Kane chipped in three groundballs while sophomore Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) gathered three draw controls. In net, junior Candice Kaplan(Arlington, Va.) came away with four saves and two ground balls.
Both squads return to action on the road on Tuesday, March 4. Mount Ida will visit Curry College at 4:00 pm, while MIT will travel to Lasell College.