April 26, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Six unanswered goals by Springfield College in the first half propelled it to a 16-11 win over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic (NEWMAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday night. Mary Harding posted a game-high five goals as the Engineers closed their campaign with a 5-7 record.
Laura Watson's unassisted strike put MIT on the board 2:35 into the contest. The Pride posted back-to-back goals before Mary Harding's free position shot evened the score at two with 22 minutes left. Springfield countered by going on a 6-0 run that spanned the remainder of the half.
The Engineers narrowed the margin to four (8-4) with a pair of goals in the first 1:44 of the second stanza. Watson registered another unassisted tally as Julia Roberts set up Harding for her second goal of the game. Springfield responded with a three-goal burst in less than two minutes. Roberts picked up her second assist following a goal from Watson and Casey Flynn tacked an unassisted blast, which made the score 11-6 with 18:50 left to play.
The Pride created some breathing room with three consecutive goals, but MIT ended the rally with scores from Amanda Hunter and Harding. Springfield found the back of the net 24 seconds later, raising its advantage to 15-8. Harding contributed another goal before Springfield recorded its final tally with six minutes remaining. The Engineers continued to attack with Harding and Samantha O'Keefe capping the scoring.