March 27, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The women's lacrosse team (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) fell to Springfield College (3-2, 1-0 NEWMAC) by a 9-7 score on Saturday morning at Benedum Field. After spotting the Pride an early three goal lead in the NEWMAC season opener, the Engineers fought back to take a 4-3 lead at the half. However, the Pride were able to outscore MIT 6-3 in the second frame and resisted a late push by MIT to hold on for a 9-7 victory. Senior Deanna Lentz continued to lead the MIT squad with a pair of goals and assists. Junior Mary Harding and senior Randee Miller also produced two goals each for the Engineers.
For the second straight game, the Engineers came out flat and as a result, sophomore Lindsay Bugbee and juniors Heidi Eidse and Ashley Martell helped Springfield jump out to a 3-0 lead almost 12 minutes into the game. But once again, MIT stormed back, this time with a 4-0 run sparked by Deanna Lentz. Lentz capitalized on a free position attempt at 19:40 to put the Engineers on the board. Then in the next minute and a half, Lentz assisted on goals by Randee Miller and sophomore Laura Watson to even the game at 3-3. Another free position attempt at 22:45 allowed Mary Harding to give the Engineers their first lead, 4-3.
Scoreless in almost 24 minutes, Springfield College finally found the back of the net at 5:28 of the second half to knot the game at 4-4. However, the Engineers continued to show their resiliency. At 6:37, MIT regained the lead when Miller scored her second goal of the game, and Harding extended the lead to 6-4 at 8:48.
Despite the two goal deficit, the Pride did not fold and managed to fight back over the next 13 minutes. Goals by Meghan Wisell, Rachell Lampros and Lisa Thomas gave Springfield a 7-6 lead with eight minutes to play. Deanna Lentz momentarily stopped the bleeding for MIT when she potted her second score of the game at 24:37, but Springfield's senior forward Holly Carmody wasn't about to allow the Engineers to spoil her team's comeback. She scored the eventual game-winning tally at 27:11 and then added an insurance goal at 29:57, just moments after the Engineers had nearly tied the game.
Springfield's freshman goalkeeper Nicole Flores (3-2) was key in the victory. She stopped 13 shots and made some big saves down the stretch. For MIT, junior goalie Hee Jay Kang turned away nine of the 18 shots she faced.
The Engineers will look to regroup on Monday and Tuesday as they compete at West Palm Beach, Florida on their spring break trip. MIT will face Hartwick College at 10:00 a.m. on Monday and SUNY Fredonia at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.