April 18, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With a 16-11 victory over host Mount Holyoke College on Saturday the MIT women’s lacrosse team improved to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in NEWMAC action. The decision established a new Institute standard for consecutive wins (seven) and tied the program’s mark for most wins in a season which was initially set in 1995.
Samantha O’Keefe paced the Engineers with six goals and an assist as Stephanie Brenman tallied seven draw controls, five groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Erica Little posted three goals, an assist, and two draw controls while Alex Wright notched three draw controls. Lynne Tye and Casey Flynn each totaled two goals and two draw controls. Kelly Duncan scored twice as Molly McCartin collected 10 saves and two groundballs.
After trading goals to start the contest, MIT tallied five in a row which resulted in a 6-2 lead midway through the frame. Mount Holyoke stayed within striking distance, trailing by four (9-5) with five minutes on the clock. The Engineers responded with a pair of goals during the final 20 seconds of the half. Little converted a free-position shot and O’Keefe recorded an unassisted goal to give the visitors an 11-5 advantage at the break.
The Cardinal and Gray carried the momentum into the second stanza as Duncan found the back of the net after 33 seconds expired. Back-to-back strikes by O’Keefe followed by a solo effort from Little 10 seconds later extended MIT’s margin to 15-5. Undeterred, the Lyons continued to attack, mounting a 6-1 run that brought them within five (16-11) at the 4:39 mark. The remainder of the game was a defensive battle as McCartin stopped a pair of scoring attempts during the final minute.