April 25, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a late charge by Wellesley College, the MIT women’s lacrosse team fought off the visiting Blue for a 14-11 victory in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular-season finale on Saturday. Casey Flynn tallied a game-high six points on five goals and an assist for the Engineers (12-4, 4-2 NEWMAC). Her team-leading scoring performance raised her season total to 52 goals, which eclipsed the previous Institute record of 50 set by Debbie Cheng in 2001. Meredith Roy paced Wellesley (8-7, 3-3 NEWMAC) with four goals and an assist.
Both squads will continue play on Wednesday, April 29 in the quarterfinal round of the NEWMAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament. For the first time in conference history, MIT captured the No. 3 seed and will host an opening round game as it takes on No. 6 Mount Holyoke College. Wellesley will also have home-field advantage as it secured the No. 4 seed and will square off with No. 5 Wheaton College.
The Blue jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 4:42 expired with Roy factoring into all three goals. She found the back of the net twice in addition to setting up Jenny Holland midway through the spurt. The Engineers posted five unanswered goals to go ahead at the 14:51 mark. Roy responded with a free-position shot and a solo effort to even the contest at five just over two minutes later. MIT countered with a 5-1 run which resulted in a 10-6 advantage at the break.
Wellesley’s Briana Roberge narrowed the gap with an unassisted marker early in the second stanza, but the Cardinal and Gray recorded three consecutive goals to increase its margin to six (13-7) with 21:02 on the clock. The Blue continued to attack, mounting a 4-1 run which cut its deficit in half with 3:44 left to play. Loretta White and Jenny Holland each scored twice to bring Wellesley within three (14-11). The remainder of the game was a defensive battle as the Engineers held on for the win.
Edith Reshef notched two goals, an assist, and two draw controls while Erica Little, Samantha O'Keefe, and Lynne Tye each added two goals for MIT. Alex Wright totaled five groundballs and three caused turnovers as Anna Teruya posted two groundballs, two caused turnovers, and a goal. Stephanie Leger registered three draw controls while Stephanie Brenman tallied two draw controls and two caused turnovers. In net, Molly McCartin collected eight saves.
White finished with two goals, two groundballs, and two draw controls as Roy added two draw controls. Holland recorded a hat-trick to go along with two draw controls. Kayla Bolton led the Blue with three groundballs while Kate Cushing notched two caused turnovers and two groundballs.