Flynn Breaks Records in Win over Smith
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Casey Flynn's record-breaking performance helped power the MIT women's lacrosse team to a 20-4 victory over Smith College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game on Saturday. She posted three goals to surpass the all-time career mark and dished out seven assists to set the single-game record. The previous standards of 138 goals and five assists were held by Deanna Lentz '06. Flynn's game-high 10 points was the second time she tied the Institute record which was first established by Tracy Sadowski '99.
The Engineers (6-3, 1-1 NEWMAC) saw seven other players record at least one point. Katie Kauffman tallied four goals, one assist, four groundballs, and two draw controls as Erica Little posted three goals, two assists, four groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Molly McShane earned the first hat-trick of her career while Kelly Duncan totaled two goals, an assist, and two groundballs. Stephanie Leger had two goals, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers as Laura Wacker chipped in a pair of goals and groundballs. Molly McCartin added three groundballs and two caused turnovers while Alex Wright notched two draw controls and a goal. In net, Allison Hamilos collected seven saves and two groundballs.
Kaitlyn Murdough paced the Pioneers (3-6, 0-3 NEWMAC) with two goals while Carolyn Whitting and Alexandra Page both scored once. Mary Pasini gathered four groundballs as Phoebe Hopkins led the way with four draw controls. Sofia Nakhnikian-Weintraub contributed three draw controls and a caused turnover. Alina Pechacek racked up nine saves through the first 40 minutes of play while Meredith Kallfelz finished out the game with one stop.
MIT scored 11 straight goals to start the contest before a solo effort by Page put Smith on the board with 2:50 remaining in the first half. The Engineers continued to cruise in the second stanza as they added seven consecutive goals. Murdough ended the Pioneers' scoring drought at the 13:32 mark but the Cardinal and Gray found the back of the net at 5:48 and 3:51. Murdough's unassisted goal and a free-position marker by Whiting wrapped up the scoring.
Both squads return to action on the road on Tuesday, April 13. MIT will travel to NEWMAC foe Wheaton College while Smith will visit Westfield State College.