Engineers Wax Smith Behind the Play of Deanna Lentz
April 6, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Deanna Lentz assembled one of the most dominating efforts in MIT's women's lacrosse history Wednesday night, leading the Engineers to an 18-4 victory over Smith College in NEWMAC action at Jack Barry Field. Lentz scored seven goals and helped on two others to pace the attack, while her presence on defense proved to be equally exceptional.
Tech's offense was on-point all evening, and for the second game in a row, the Engineers peppered the opposing goalkeeper with a plethora of scoring opportunities. MIT (4-1, 1-1) outscored Smith (1-6, 0-2) 12-2 in the first half, pulling away early behind an offensive scheme that the Pioneers were challenged to stop.
Freshman Laura Watson sparked the barrage with two goals in the opening five minutes. Each team exchanged goals over the next ten minutes, and although MIT led 4-2, most in attendance felt that the battle wouldn't be decided until the late stages of the game.
Lentz and Kelsey Presson offered a conflicting view, which resulted in eight consecutive goals to close the half. Presson, the team's leading scorer entering Wednesday's tilt, scored once and added two assists during the stretch, while Lentz scored five goals; including a natural hat trick to cap the scoring.
After surrendering a quick goal at the start of the second half, MIT continued to flex its offensive muscle and answered with six straight goals. Kaitlin Kamrowski led the charge in the second stanza, scoring two of her four goals during the period, while adding an assist on Lentz's career-high seventh finish of the night.
Lentz excelled on both ends of the field, securing eight ground balls and causing six turnovers. While she didn't break any school records, the super junior fell short of the Institute mark by one for both defensive categories, and was one point away from tying the MIT record of 10 points in a game.
With the win, the Engineers improve to 4-1 overall, their second-best start in program history. The Cardinal and Gray opened the 1995 campaign with a 6-1 ledger before securing the team's only 10-win season (10-3).