March 13, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the inaugural meeting between both programs, nationally-ranked No. 20 Williams College recorded a 15-7 victory over MIT in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Thursday. Casey Flynn paced the Engineers (0-3) with four goals while Sarah Adkins tallied two goals and four assists for the Ephs (1-0).
Adkins earned her first assist on a strike by Whitney Thayer 2:50 into the contest. Flynn registered the equalizer and Erica Little put MIT ahead courtesy of a free-position shot at the 19:33 mark. Following a caused turnover by Sara duPont, Adkins found Tina Nawrocki for the first of her back-to-back goals. Whitney Kelly increased Williams' advantage to 4-2 when she connected on pass from Britt Spackman with 8:03 on the clock. Adkins recorded a free-position shot and converted a feed from Nawrocki to increase the margin to 6-2 at the intermission.
The Ephs struck twice during the first two minutes of the second stanza with Thayer and Julia Nawrocki posting the goals. Flynn snapped the string of seven unanswered goals by finding the back of the net at 20:57. Spackman countered with a pair of goals as Anne Marie Burke and Adkins earned the assists. The Engineers narrowed the gap to 10-4 when Laura Watson went end-to-end with 16:43 on the clock. An unassisted strike by duPont sparked a three-goal spurt that featured a free-position tally from Tracey Ferriter and a blast from Kelly. After Molly McCartin won the ensuing draw for MIT, Flynn quickly went to the cage for the hat-trick. Tina Nawrocki raised Williams' lead to nine (14-5) with 7:12 left to play, but the Engineers continued to attack. Free-position goals by Flynn and Stephanie Brenman cut the Cardinal and Gray's deficit in half (14-7) with 3:15 remaining. The Ephs maintained possession of the ball down the stretch as Alice Nelson capped the scoring inside the final minute.
Elizabeth Burns led Williams with five groundballs as Spackman, duPont, Thayer, and Tracey Ferriter each notched a pair of caused turnovers. Thayer tallied a game-high three draw controls while Julia Schrieber totaled 11 saves.
MIT will continue play on Monday, March 24 when it meets SUNY Fredonia in West Palm Beach, Fla. Williams will host NESCAC-foe Tufts University on Saturday, March 15.