CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – An 11-1 run during the final 19 minutes of the first half helped power the MIT women's lacrosse team to an 18-7 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a non-conference tilt on Saturday afternoon. Laura Wacker scored three of her game-high five goals during the Engineers' pivotal spurt while Shelby Turcotte led the Huskies with three goals.
Turcotte opened the scoring by connecting on a feed from Samantha Purcell just over four minutes into the contest. Wacker tallied the equalizer 28 seconds later, but free-position shots from Mary Vaughan and Purcell put the Huskies in front, 3-1, with 22:31 on the clock.
From there, MIT took over, rattling off eight unanswered goals en route to its game-changing run. Stephanie Leger registered a trio of free-position goals while Kelly Duncan and Katie Kauffman both found the back of the net twice. Erica Little rounded out the scoring spree with a goal and an assist.
Rosie Forster's unassisted goal late in the half had briefly trimmed Southern Maine's deficit to five (9-4), but the hosts ultimately entered the intermission with a 12-4 advantage.
MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as it posted four straight goals, three of which came on free-position attempts by Leger, Duncan, and Marie Rice. Wacker notched her fifth and final goal of the day by redirecting a feed from Little.
Lauren Santo's solo effort midway through the frame ended the Huskies' scoring drought, however, Kauffman responded with back-to-back goals, the latter assisted by Molly McShane. Turcotte closed the game with a pair of goals to complete the hat trick.
Leger finished with five points with all four of her goals coming on free-position attempts. She also registered a game-high five groundballs. Kauffman notched four goals while Duncan totaled three goals and four groundballs. Little chipped in one goal and two assists as Lauren Rodda collected four groundballs. McShane contributed three groundballs while Sarah Ritter amassed eight saves.
Jackie Kelly paced Southern Maine with three groundballs as Erica Higginbotham added two of her own. Forster had three draw controls while Samantha Kiesel compiled 12 saves.
Both squads return to action on Tuesday, April 12. MIT (7-3) will host Wellesley College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest while Southern Maine (2-8) will take on St. Joseph's College (Maine) in the Huskies' first on-campus home game of the season.