Late Rally Falls Short as Keene State Defeats MIT, 9-8

Sophomore Sarah Ritter

KEENE, N.H. – Junior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) found the back of the net with 1:22 remaining in regulation but Keene State College won the ensuing draw and ran out the clock en route to a 9-8 non-conference women's lacrosse win on Thursday afternoon. Wacker finished with a game-high three goals as senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) and junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) both registered two goals and one assist.

The Owls tallied three goals in a three-minute span to start the game. MIT replied with its own three-goal spurt which was sparked by a Kauffman free-position shot. McShane followed with an unassisted marker and then Kauffman converted a feed from freshman Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) for the equalizer. Keene State countered with three more goals which put it ahead, 6-3, at the intermission.

The Engineers quickly narrowed the gap in the second half, tallying back-to-back goals in the first 1:04. Junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) buried a free-position shot as McShane added another unassisted goal. The Owls matched MIT's efforts, increasing their cushion to 8-5 at the 19:52 mark. Kauffman won the ensuing draw and found Wacker for her first of two goals, the second coming on a free-position attempt midway through the frame.

Keene State recorded what proved to be the game-winning goal with 11:33 left to play. During the next 10 minutes junior goalie Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) came up with two saves to keep the Engineers in the hunt meanwhile McShane picked up a turnover and sprinted downfield where she found Wacker for the last goal of the game.

In addition to her game-high scoring performance, Wacker picked up three draw controls. Kauffman tacked on three draw controls and a caused turnover while McShane totaled three groundballs and three draw controls. Senior Shannon Moran (Grand Rapids, Mich.) contributed two groundballs as Ritter collected 12 saves.

MIT (2-11) concludes its four-game road trip at NEWMAC foe Springfield College on Saturday, April 14.