Springfield Dodges Upset; Holds Off MIT
March 26, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Regional lacrosse power, Springfield College, escaped Cambridge on Saturday with a 12-9 victory over MIT, despite a furious comeback by the Engineers. With the win, Springfield moves to 2-1 on the season, while the loss levels Tech's season ledger at 1-1. Saturday's tilt marked the conference opener for both schools.
The Pride exploded off the start, scoring six times in the first ten minutes to take a 6-2 lead. Although Deanna Lentz, Laura Watson and Kelsey Presson all scored in the frame, Tech's scoring contingent couldn't keep pace with Springfield's daunting attack.
Trailing 8-4 to start the second half, the Engineers shifted momentum behind Presson's offensive prowess and a solid effort in goal. Presson scored twice in the opening moments of the period to close Springfield's advantage to two, while Jasmin Moghbeli sparkled in the cage. Despite making her career debut in goal, Moghbeli made 19 saves and kept the Engineers within striking distance all afternoon.
Although the Pride scored two goals of their own to once again extend the lead, Lentz and Watson answered for MIT. Watson's finish at 45:41 narrowed Springfield's edge to 10-9 and set the stage for an exciting finish. Just two minutes later, the Pride's Heidi Eidse closed the door on Tech's comeback bid with a free position goal. Springfield added another tally in the final minutes to complete its seventh straight win over the Engineers, although Saturday's effort was MIT's second-best ever against the Pride.
Kelsey Presson led all MIT scorers with four goals, while Lentz and Watson each added a pair.