April 22, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Powered by five goals from Laura Watson and four from Mary Harding, MIT went on to post a 12-10 win over Mount Holyoke College in the NEWMAC regular season finale for both teams on Saturday. With the victory, the Engineers improved to 5-6 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.
Two quick goals during the first three minutes gave the Engineers a lead they would not relinquish. Harding opened the scoring by connecting on a pass from Anna Ayuso, which was followed by an unassisted strike from Watson. The Lyons found the back of the net on the ensuing draw, but MIT responded with three unanswered goals in a span of 1:36. Casey Flynn, Harding, and Watson each recorded unassisted tallies which resulted in a 5-1 lead at the 24:01 mark. Both sides traded goals until Tech mounted another three-goal run that contained two scores from Watson and a goal from Harding. Mount Holyoke tacked on two goals before the break which narrowed the deficit to 9-5.
The Lyons carried the momentum into the second stanza as they scored after 31 seconds had elapsed. Watson and Lily He recorded back-to-back to strikes during the next minute. A pair of free position shots brought Mount Holyoke within three (11-8) with 19:02 left to play. The game became a defensive battle until Julia Roberts converted MIT's first free position shot of the day 10 minutes later. The Lyons scored twice during the final 7:52 of the contest, but it could not sustain the late rally.
Harding paced the Engineers with eight groundballs and three draw controls while Ayuso notched three caused turnovers. In net, Hee Jay Kang finished with nine saves in her second consecutive win.
MIT will continue its season on Wednesday, April 26 when it competes in the quarterfinal round of the NEWMAC Championship Tournament.