Emerson’s women’s lacrosse team will host the college’s first ever NEWMAC playoff home game in any sport on Saturday at Rotch Playground and Field. The no. 4 seeded Lions drew no. 5 seed Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the bracket.
MIT hung on for a 13-12 home victory when the teams matched up last Saturday, despite a valiant Emerson comeback attempt. The Engineers started the game up 10-1, and led 11-3 at halftime.
Lions captain Christine Davies said Emerson recognized MIT’s strong attack early in the game, and made defensive adjustments at halftime.
“They have really good drivers—they don’t really pass the ball that much,” Davies said.
Emerson’s Meredith Weber scored five times to lead all players, and finished the season as the conference’s leading goal scorer. Emily Young tallied four goals to lead MIT’s effort against the Lions.
As a team, MIT finished the year first in the conference with 189 goals. Emerson finished third with 175.
The Lions finished 4-4 at home this season, and 2-5 in away games. MIT also fared better at home, compiling a 5-3 record at Jack Barry Field and a 2-4 mark on the road. Both teams were 4-4 in conference play.
Emerson bowed out last year in the first round of the playoffs, dropping a road quarterfinal to Springfield, 14-9.
Davies said Emerson is looking forward to the rematch with the Engineers this weekend.
“We’re super amped,” Davies said. “We’re really excited to play MIT too, just because we get a second chance.”
The game will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The winner will travel to play no. 1 Springfield on May 6.