April 7, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Back-to-back goals by Ashley Martell early in the second half put Springfield College ahead for good as it went on to record a 12-9 victory over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon. Rachel Lampros tallied a game-high six goals for the Pride (6-4, 2-1 NEWMAC) as Casey Flynn led the Engineers (2-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) with four goals.
Flynn opened the scoring with a free position shot after 2:21 had elapsed. Lampros registered the next two goals for Springfield, with Heidi Eidse earning the assist on the first strike. MIT evened the contest a minute later at the 20:44 mark on Flynn's unassisted goal. The Pride quickly regained the lead when Martell found Alexandra Bazzano. Springfield extended its advantage to 4-2 after Eidse recorded an assist on Lampros' goal. The Engineers responded with three unanswered goals in a 10-minute span. Samantha O'Keefe and Laura Watson posted unassisted goals to give the game its third tie. On Lily He's attack at the net, she was fouled by Springfield's goalkeeper. He easily converted the open net free position attempt which put MIT ahead, 5-4. Lampros then tallied the equalizer with 1:27 remaining before halftime.
Following the pair of goals by Martell that started the second stanza, Amanda Hunter's free position shot narrowed the Engineers' deficit to one (7-6) at 24:20. After 10 minutes of scoreless play, Lampros found the back of the net. Flynn converted her second free position shot of the day, but Lampros and Lisa Thomas each tacked on a goal that gave Springfield its largest lead of the game (10-7) with 8:01 left to play. A free position shot by Julia Roberts brought the Engineers within striking distance two minutes later. Each side traded goals during the next 1:31, as a Flynn scored in between goals from Eidse.
Bazzano led Springfield with five groundballs as Meghan Wisell and Martell each posted two draw controls. Julia Kincade contributed two caused turnovers while Lauren McAuley and Nicole Flores split the game in net. McAuley started the game but did not pick up any saves in the first half. Flores stopped two shots in the second frame en route to the win.
Both teams will continue NEWMAC action on the road on Tuesday, April 10. MIT will travel to Babson College while Springfield will make the trip to Smith College.