March 28, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the first meeting between both programs, Division II Merrimack College defeated MIT, 13-8, on Wednesday. Casey Flynn, Stephanie Leger, and Laura Watson each registered two goals while Flynn added three assists. Leger and Edith Reshef both notched five caused turnovers as Leger added a team-high eight groundballs. Monique Squiers racked up 13 saves as the Engineers' ledger lowered to 1-4 on the year.
The Warriors opened the game with four straight goals, including three during the first two minutes. MIT got on the board with a goal from Flynn at the 12:58 mark, which was quickly followed by a strike from Merrimack. With 8:58 left in the half, the Engineers narrowed the gap when Leger connected on a feed from Flynn. Just over a minute later the Warriors found the back of the net to make the score 6-2, which held through the intermission.
Merrimack extended its advantage after 21 seconds expired in the second half. The Leger-Flynn connection returned at the 27:48 mark, but the Warriors tallied four goals during the next three minutes to increase their margin to 11-3. The Engineers countered with three unanswered goals in a span of 2:22. Watson accounted for the first two strikes as Flynn and Reshef earned the assists. Samantha O'Keefe brought MIT within five (11-6) courtesy of an unassisted goal at 20:09.
Following 13 minutes of scoreless play, the Warriors ended their own 17-minute scoring drought and raised the score to 12-6. The Engineers continued to attack and found success on strikes by Flynn and Erica Little. Merrimack ended any hopes of late rally by the Cardinal and Gray as it capped the scoring with 1:57 left to play.