Cambridge, Mass. - May 2, 2019 - Freshman attack Katie Martel (Granby, Conn.) found the back of the net just 1:41 into the overtime period to lift the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to a 14-13 victory in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semfinals at Jack Barry Field on Thursday evening.
With the win, Springfield College, which was the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, pushes its win streak to nine games and improves to 12-6, as the Pride will advance to the NEWMAC title game for the fifth-consecutive season. MIT closes its season with a record of 10-8.
The maroon and white held a 30-28 shot advantage over the Engineers, as the Pride also had 19 draw controls compared to MIT's 10. The Engineers held a 19-16 margin in ground balls over the duration of the contest.
Offensively, Martel finished with a team-best five goals, while Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) chipped in three goals and an assist. Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) was impressive for the Pride as well, as she finished with four goals, three of which came in the first half, with her fourth coming with 18.2 seconds remaining to send the contest into overtime.
Defensively, Springfield College's goalkeeper Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) made 10 stops in the win, while Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) had a team-high eight draw controls in the win. Kane also had two caused turnovers, as senior defender Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) led the maroon and white with three ground balls.
Springfield College scored first just 35 seconds into the game when Anjelia Altebrando (Miller Place, N.Y.) buried a feed from Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.), before MIT's Naomi Lutz (Northbrook, Ill.) evened the game at one apiece with 27:41 on the clock. From there, Martel and Pichel scored back-to-back goals, before a three-goal run, which was sparked by Sarnacki, gave the maroon and white a 6-2 lead with 18:06 to play in the first half.
MIT pulled within a pair, but Springfield College answered with goals from Pichel, which was assisted by Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine), and Martel to make it 8-4 with 13:29 to play in the first. MIT once again cut its deficit down to one with three-straight goals, but Fogg stopped the run with her first of the game, assisted by Sarnacki, giving the Pride a 9-8 lead at the half.
The Engineers quickly evened the score at nine with a goal just 2:39 into the second half, before Martel pushed the Pride's lead back to one with her fourth of the game. After MIT took a one-goal lead with 11:15 remaining, Sarnacki picked up an unassisted strike, followed by a free-position chance to make it 12-11, with 8:25 on the clock.
MIT would take back a one-goal lead with 4:45 remaining, but Pichel drew a free-position chance and finished with 18 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Sophomore midfielder Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) came up with a huge draw control to start the overtime period, before Martel drew a foul in the arch, resulting in a free-position goal to lift the Pride to victory.
Springfield College now advances to take on top-seeded Babson College on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. in the NEWMAC Championship.