March 24, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind a game-high five goals and two assists from Erica Little, the MIT women’s lacrosse went on to record a 14-10 victory over Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday. The decision extended the Engineers’ winning streak to three and raised their ledger to 3-2 on the year.
The Cardinal and Gray rattled off five unanswered goals during the first 8:15 of play. The Colonials countered with three consecutive goals to trail, 5-3, with 11:50 left in the half. A free-position shot by Samantha O'Keefe and an unassisted strike from Little quickly doubled MIT’s margin. Western Connecticut cut its deficit in half with goals 44 seconds apart, but a solo effort by Little gave the Engineers an 8-5 lead at the break.
Like the first half, MIT’s attack dominated the early stages of the second stanza as it notched four straight goals. Lynne Tye led off the run, followed by Little and then O’Keefe 24 seconds later. Casey Flynn connected on a feed from Tye to push the Engineers’ advantage to 12-5. The Colonials countered with a four-goal spurt of their own, narrowing the gap to three (12-9) with 12:44 on the clock. Exactly 30 seconds later, Little set up O’Keefe for her third goal of the day as it maintained MIT’s small cushion. The game became a defensive battle until Western Connecticut found the back of the net with 37 seconds remaining, but Flynn capped the scoring with a buzzer beater.
To go along with her game-high scoring performance, Little notched three draw controls. O’Keefe totaled three goals, one assist, and three draw controls as Tye posted two goals, one assist, and three groundballs. Flynn registered a hat-trick and four groundballs while Alex Wright tallied a team-high four draw controls. Stephanie Brenman paced the defense with six groundballs as Molly McCartin collected three saves.