By Rebecca Binder, DAPER Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's lacrosse team came out firing on all cylinders for a Saturday matinee matchup against NEWMAC foe Wheaton College, but ultimately couldn't hang on against the hard-charging Lyons, falling 17-9. Sophomore Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn.) and senior Hailey Coburn (Concord, N.H.) paced Wheaton with four goals each. Meanwhile, junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Penn.) led the way for the Engineers with four goals of her own.
MIT lit up the scoreboard with the day's first goal, a clean shot from freshman Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) off an assist from senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) at the 26:45 mark following two minutes of Engineer possession. Wheaton fired back, though, and reeled off three scores over a four-minute span, care of Colburn, sophomore Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn.), and senior Katie Powers (Ashburnham, Mass.). MIT took control of a long possession in front of the Wheaton net at the 16-minute mark, capped by a goal by junior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) that brought the score to 3-2 in the Lyons' favor.
That one-goal difference was the closest the Engineers would get to a comeback all day. Sophomore goalie Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) saved the next three Wheaton shots, but the fourth attempt – a bouncer from freshman Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass.) off a Colburn pass – snuck past Ritter to give the Lyons some breathing room at 11:20. MIT and Wheaton traded six goals over the next nine minutes of play – Kauffman scored twice for the Engineers, including a free-position net at the 2:35 mark, and DeSantis scored twice for the Lyons – before Wheaton notched two more goals to close out the first half with a 9-5 advantage.
Wheaton took control of the game to start the second half, scoring seven of the next nine goals. DeSantis kicked off the frame with a score off an assist from junior Amy Moreira (Bristol, R.I.) that laced past Ritter at 28:10. Wright scored for MIT less than thirty seconds later, but Colburn and DeSantis reeled off two quick tallies before Wright scored again off a free-position shot at 20:42, taking advantage of a Wheaton penalty that left the Engineers with a player advantage.
The Lyons scored four more follow-up goals. Colburn kicked off the run, followed by Sharick's tally on a stutter-step around Ritter. A three-minute long Wheaton possession culminated in a Moreira score, before Powers ended the run with her second goal of the day. MIT's Wright scored twice more in the last eight minutes of play, but the Engineers couldn't overcome the deficit.
Wright led the MIT offense with four goals on four shots. Kauffman notched two goals and two assists, as well as four draw controls. Kauffman's four draw controls set her season total at 48, breaking the previous Institute record of 47. Wacker inked two goals of her own, and Kane lodged one. Ritter picked up 12 saves on the day as Wright, senior Shannon Moran (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and freshman Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) each posted two groundballs..
For Wheaton, Colburn had two assists to round out her four-goal day, and DeSantis followed suit with an assist to match four goals of her own. Powers, Moreira and Sharick each scored twice, and Soucier, senior Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, R.I.), and senior Sabrina Fiori (Newton, Mass.) rounded out the Lyons' day with a goal apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass.) patrolled the net for 39 minutes and notched two saves as junior Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, Mass.) closed out the game with one stop.
MIT ends its season with a 2-14 (0-6 NEWMAC) record. With the win, Wheaton moves to 12-5 (3-3 NEWMAC) and will resume action in the NEWMAC Championship Tournament next week.