April 17, 2010

Women's Lacrosse Outlasts Mount Holyoke, 13-11, in Overtime

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Erica Little's game-high eight goals, including the game-winner, helped power MIT to a 13-11 overtime victory over Mount Holyoke College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse game on Saturday. The last time an Engineers' game went into extra sessions was in 2005, which was a triple-overtime affair that the Cardinal and Gray won at Mount Holyoke.

Casey Flynn racked up one goal and three assists, becoming MIT's all-time career assist leader. During the past week, she eclipsed the standards for career goals and points. Stephanie Leger compiled four caused turnovers, three groundballs, two draw controls, and a goal as Katie Kauffman totaled two groundballs, two draw controls, and a goal. Molly McShane tacked on three groundballs and a goal while Laura Wacker contributed one goal. Alex Wright notched three draw controls and two groundballs as Allison Hamilos collected 14 saves for the Engineers (8-4, 4-1 NEWMAC).

Perry Markell tallied five goals, five draw controls, and three groundballs for the Lyons (7-5, 2-3 NEWMAC). Peggy Wefald posted three goals, four draw controls, and two groundballs as Hilary Bombard posted two goals and an assist. Taylor Hedges led the way with five groundballs while Kristen Cody chipped in three groundballs and a goal. Georgia Markell bolstered Mount Holyoke's advantage in draw controls with three of her own. Jeanmarie Petersen and Jessica Brezicha both registered four saves while playing 32 and 34 minutes, respectively.

Both sides traded goals until Little tallied three in a row to put MIT up, 6-4, late in the first half. Wefald ended her squad's 10-minute scoring drought and cut its deficit in half at the 6:08 mark. Exactly two minutes later Flynn found Kauffman which was followed by Wacker connecting on a pass by Little to give the Engineers an 8-5 lead at the intermission.

Flynn earned assists on markers by McShane and Little as MIT opened up a 10-5 advantage with 26:25 on the clock. Mount Holyoke responded with five unanswered goals during the next 20 minutes. Perry Markell posted two goals around a blast by Cody as Bombard scored twice, including the equalizer. Little put the Engineers in front, 11-10, however Perry Markell quickly knotted the contest with 4:11 remaining. The Lyons maintained the pressure, but Hamilos withstood the attack as she turned away four shots, three of which during the final 41 seconds.

Perry Markell had the first scoring attempt of the extra session but her shot hit the post. MIT's Meghan Wright scooped up the groundball and it eventually led to Little's eighth goal of the contest with 4:09 left to play. After changing ends, Flynn buried a free-position shot with two minutes to go. Clara Raugei almost trimmed the Engineers' lead a minute later, but Hamilos came up with another key stop. Mount Holyoke retained possession however a miscue led to a groundball by MIT's Lauren Rodda with 42 seconds left. The Engineers held the ball before turning it over during the waning seconds.

Both squads continue conference action on Tuesday, April 20. MIT will travel to Babson College while Mount Holyoke will host Smith College.