NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard closed within two goals in the second half but could not complete the comeback as they fell to MIT 18-16 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Wednesday night.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 11-5 on the season and 4-3 in the conference while the Engineers improve to 10-5 and 6-1 in the NEWMAC.
Coast Guard was led by senior Daria McKenna who finished with a team high six points scoring four goals and adding two assists. Freshmen Marietta Davis (four goals) and Brenna Farrington (3) combined for seven goals while classmates Luisa Santos and Mary Goins finished with three points.
The Engineers were led by senior Emily Young who had a game seven goals and one assist. Young tallied her 100thpoint of the season in the opening 10 minutes of the game on a goal. Junior Cecillia McCormick was second with five points (four goals, one assist) and senior Katie Notarangelo had four goals.
MIT jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the opening 10 minutes of the game capped off by a goal by Young from Notarangelo with 21:51 on the clock.
McKenna closed the bears within three scoring consecutive goals with just under 16 minutes to play in the first half.
The Engineers pushed their lead back to five with back-to-back goals which is where their advantage stayed for the remainder of the opening period, with the score 12-7.
In the second half, the Bears scored four of the first five goals to cut MIT's advantage to 13-11. Farrington had two goals over this stretch while Davis and freshman Haley McCue each tallied one.
The Engineer's lead however would remain at two as Coast Guard could not complete the comeback, falling to MIT 18-16.
Freshman Mary Budri (3-3) started the game in goal for the Bears, making six saves and allowing 12 goals. Classmate Rebecca Dolan entered the game in the second half allowing six goals and making two saves.
Senior Eva Boal (8-3) earned the win in goal for the Engineers allowing 16 goals and making seven saves.
Coast Guard concludes their season on Saturday, April 28th, as they travel to Norton, Massachusetts to take on the Wheaton Lyons in the battle for the four seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament. Opening draw is 1:00 pm.