Sept. 27, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Amy Ludlum followed up Saturday's eight-point performance against Mount Holyoke with an improbable nine-point effort on Wednesday as MIT (6-3) stayed perfect at home with a 6-1 victory over Emerson College (3-4). Ludlum scored four goals and added an assist to pace the Engineers' attack.
Ludlum notched her first goal of the match in the fifth minute off a feed from senior Ashleigh Leonard. It was the second straight match in which MIT found the net in the first five minutes. Despite the early lead, Emerson quickly tied the game in the 15th minute. Taking a pass from Katie Franzeo in the middle of the field, Stacy Ambrose fired a rocket from 20 yards out into the upper-left corner to beat Tech keeper Kat Vater clean.
The Engineers responded to the equalizer with their second finish in the 20th minute. Freshman Liz Theurer was credited with her fifth game-winning goal of the season after trapping a great feed from Ludlum.
The Cardinal and Gray broke the game open with two scores in a span of 34 seconds late in the first half. After Emerson's keeper Katie Hartman made a great stop on a hard shot by Ludlum, Theurer scooped up the rebound where she promptly one-touched the ball back to Ludlum, who buried the ball in the middle of the open net. Later in the 44th minute, Theurer set up another finish with a tremendous pass from the right side of the box that was corralled and re-directed into the goal by senior defenseman Mary Harding.
Ludlum accounted for both scores in the second half. Rookie Julia Roberts served up the first strike with a fantastic individual effort in the 67th minute. Stealing the ball away from a diving Hartman, Roberts slid a pass across the mouth of the goal that Ludlum eventually slammed home. Harding assisted on Tech's final goal in the 82nd minute as MIT improved to 4-0 at Steinbrenner Stadium this season.
Vater picked up eight saves en route to the win, while Hartman stopped six shots for the Lions. MIT out-shot Emerson, 20-12, and picked up its first bench point of the season on the Roberts assist. After being held to just five points through the first seven games of the season, Ludlum has totaled 17 points in Tech's last two matches.