Sept. 25, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Kate MacLellan scored a pair of goals and fellow rookie Katrina Lessard netted another - all in the first half - as Westfield State rebounded from a tough loss last Saturday to upend the up-start Engineers, 3-0, Tuesday, at Steinbrenner Stadium. The loss served as the first home defeat of the season for MIT (6-2-0), while it also snapped a six-match winning streak dating back to Sept. 5.
The Owls (4-5-0) showcased surprising quickness from the start of the contest, while the Engineers were hampered by a stiff head wind as well as a lack of urgency at the offensive end of the pitch. Westfield State opened the scoring on just the second shot of the match in 15th minute. MacLellan posted the unassisted score off a corner kick. The driving wind blew MacLellan's serve in toward the goal where the ball tipped off the outstretched hands of MIT netminder Stephanie Brenman.
McLellan added her second finish of the day, and ninth of the season, just two minutes later as Colleen Murphy fed McLellan for a door-step score just in front of the MIT goal.
The Owls capped the scoring in the 38th minute with another pretty set-up and finish. Emily Murphy secured the assist after delivering a through ball that split the MIT defense. Freshman Katrina Lessard received the feed before turning to connect on the first goal of her collegiate career.
Brenman made nine saves in a losing effort for MIT, which lost at home for the first time in five matches, while Andrea Knowles only needed to make two stops in a shutout victory for Westfield State. The Owls out shot the Cardinal and Gray, 13-6, including a 10-3 advantage in the first half.