Wheaton Rallies Past MIT, 17-16
April 16, 2008
Wheaton College Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team rallied from a six-goal deficit with a 10-1 second-half run before holding on for a wild 17-16 victory over MIT on Tuesday in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. The Lyons improved to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in league play, while the Engineers fell to 2-7 on the year and 1-3 in the NEWMAC.
Four Wheaton players scored as it edged out to a 4-2 advantage with 17:10 remaining in the opening half, but MIT responded with a 5-0 run, scoring the first three goals over a 2:09 span to forge ahead. A free-position tally by Madeline Williams at 4:53 brought the hosts within 7-5. The Engineers countered by scoring three more times before the end of the half and tallying two of the initial three markers during the second stanza to go ahead, 12-6, with 26:38 left in regulation.
Wheaton put together a frenzied rally, scoring seven straight markers in a 4:22 span to go back on top. Caitlin Grant and Meredith Hurd tallied 29 ticks apart to start the run before Sara Dimick netted a natural hat trick in 1:47 to make the score 12-11 at 20:14. Grant knotted the contest 42 seconds later and Alexa Jurczak completed the run 15 seconds after that at 19:17.
MIT's Erica Little tied the game at 13 with 18:31 to go, but Grant scored at 12:46 and 9:58, and Brittany King made it 16-13 at 9:29 off a Dimick helper. Samantha O'Keefe scored twice in a 47-second span to bring the Engineers within one at 5:04, but Simone Safyer converted King's pass just 16 seconds later for the game-winner. Laura Watson cut MIT's deficit in half (17-16) with a free-position shot at the 3:09 mark, but Hurd ran out the clock in the waning seconds.
Grant finished with a team-high four goals, while Dimick had three markers and two assists. Hurd, Jurczak, King and Williams each scored twice. In goal, Annalisa Carson made eight saves while starting the contest and finishing it in relief, while Marianna Marcellino stopped one shot in more than 17 minutes of action.
O'Keefe tallied six goals, converting five of her seven free-position attempts, to go along with a team-high six groundballs. Flynn posted three goals and an assist while Little had a hat trick. Stephanie Leger netted a pair of goals as Lily He notched two assists. Stephanie Brenman contributed four groundballs, one goal and one assist while Teagan Andres and Alex Wright each recorded two caused turnovers. In net Monique Squiers collected 10 saves.