No. 13 Wheaton Out-Muscles MIT, 5-0
Sept. 30, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nationally-ranked Wheaton College (10-1, 2-0) returned to conference play after a big mid-week win and turned in another outstanding performance in upending MIT (6-4, 2-0) with a convincing 5-0 victory. The Lyons received goals from four different players in securing their seventh consecutive win.
Junior Jenna Rabesa scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just 14 minutes into the match. Junior forward Lauren Konopka set up the initial score with a pass from the right corner into the MIT box. Although Tech's defense scrambled to clear the ball, Rabesa blocked the clearing attempt and rifled a hard shot past Tech goal keeper Kat Vater for the 1-0 lead.
Although MIT enjoyed a few scoring opportunities in the first half, the Lyons added a key insurance goal in the 43rd minute. After an MIT foul set up an indirect kick from 25 yards out, freshman Lyndsey McManus knocked the ball to junior Erin Davis, who delivered a long shot that went over the head of Vater and into the net.
Wheaton out-shot MIT, 9-5, in the opening period, although the Engineers had enough chances in the frame to keep the outlook for the second half interesting. Despite the encouraging performance, Wheaton dominated possession in the second half and would quickly silence the home crowd with three goals in a span of seven minutes.
Katelyn Brack indirectly set up the Lyons first strike of the half after taking a hard attempt on goal in the 58th minute. The shot was blocked by an MIT defender, although senior Bridget Furlong scooped up the rebound and fired home the finish. Konopka assisted on Wheaton's next goal, which it scored just 24 seconds later. Rookie Kathleen Carroll was on the receiving end of Konopka's feed, giving the Lyons a 4-0 advantage. In the 65th minute, a poorly played clear in the back resulted in an own goal for the Engineers and capped the scoring in Saturday's NEWMAC battle.
Junior Stacey Kronenberg moved to 5-1 on the season after making three saves for Wheaton. Vater stopped seven shots for MIT, but surrendered a career-high five goals in falling to 4-4 between the posts.