Engineers Rally Past Emerson, 9-6

BOSTON, Mass. – MIT overcame a 4-2 first half deficit with seven straight goals and outlasted Emerson College 9-6 in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Rotch Field on Thursday afternoon. With the win, the Engineers improved to 3-2 on the year while the Lions' ledger dropped to 0-5.

Emerson grabbed an early lead in the second minute as Maeghan Ross took a feed from. MIT evened the score just over a minute later as Kelly Duncan scored the first of her two goals on the day off a free-position shot.

Emerson's Chelsea Phillips answered with a free-position shot of her own, but MIT again rallied to tie the game on the first of Katie Kauffman's three goals on the afternoon. Emerson then dominated play for most of the remainder of the first half as Dodge scored twice to give the Lions a 4-2 lead. An Engineer goal by Stephanie Ledger with 2:30 remaining in the first period sent the teams to the locker room with Emerson holding a 4-3 advantage.

It took 10:19 for either team to score in the second half when Kauffman scored her second marker of the day. The Engineers scored less than a minute later on Duncan's second goal for a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish. The lead stretched to 9-4 for MIT before Emerson scored the final two goals of the contest in the last 1:33.

Kauffman led MIT in scoring with three goals and an assist in addition to four groundballs and two draw controls. Laura Wacker registered one goal, one assist, and two caused turnovers as Molly McShane and Lauren Rodda contributed two draw controls. Molly McCartin chipped in two caused turnovers as Sarah Ritter collected eight saves in her first intercollegiate start.

MIT had a large edge in shots in the game with 31 to Emerson's 19. The Lions also turned the ball over 19 times to just nine for the Engineers.

MIT's next game is Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., against Western Connecticut State University. Emerson is idle until March 26 when the Lions host Rivier College in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest.

Release Courtesy of Emerson College Sports Information