CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT outscored Gordon College, 9-3, in the second half en route to an 18-13 victory in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Thursday. The Engineers improved to 2-0 on the year, marking the first time in program history they have opened the season with back-to-back wins.
Erica Little racked up a team-high six points on five goals and an assist to go along with three groundballs and two draw controls. Katie Kauffman also registered five goals while Laura Wacker, Stephanie Leger, and Casey Flynn each found the back of the net twice. Leger added six groundballs as Kelly Duncan tallied three groundballs, three draw controls, one goal, and an assist. Alex Wright rounded out the scoring with one goal while Allison Hamilos collected five saves.
MIT opened the contest with three unanswered goals, with Leger lighting the lamp first followed by back-to-back strikes from Wacker. The Fighting Scots responded with four consecutive goals of their own before extending their lead to 10-7 with 3:46 remaining in the half. The Cardinal and Gray continued to attack, using Kauffman's free-position shot and an unassisted marker from Little just before time expired to enter the break trailing by one (10-9).
The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza as Little was a factor in three straight goals. She recorded a free-position goal and an unassisted goal before setting up Flynn at the 23:28 mark. Gordon cut its deficit in half (12-11) less than two minutes later, but MIT responded with a five-goal spurt to gain some breathing room. Duncan found Little with 21:31 on the clock and exactly 15 seconds later Kauffman notched what proved to be the game-winning goal. A solo effort from Wright was followed by man-up goals courtesy of Leger and Flynn. The Fighting Scots added two more goals to come within four (17-13) with 7:07 left to play and had several chances to narrow the gap down the stretch but could not convert. Duncan capped the scoring with four seconds to go.