November 10, 2007

Brandeis Stops MIT's Post-Season Run, 1-0

Nov. 10, 2007

Box Score

WALTHAM, Mass. - Brandeis University senior Tzlil Castel scored her second game-winning goal of the season as the top-seeded Judges defeated No. 5 seed MIT, 1-0, in the semifinals of the ECAC Division III New England championships on Gordon Field this afternoon.

Brandeis (12-6-2) and MIT (13-7-0) battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, despite the Judges' 8-1 shooting advantage. MIT got a quick start with possession in the second half and fired off an early shot on net, but it was the hosts who took control with the game's first goal.

Senior midfielder Lizzie Bremner sent a beautiful long ball from midfield to Melissa Gorenkoff. The Brandeis sophomore took a couple of touches into the box, where she crossed to Castel, who buried the goal in the 61st minute. The goal tied Castel with Gorenkoff and senior Sarah Jasak for the team lead with eight on the season.

MIT had a couple of chances to tie score late in the game, but Brandeis sophomore Hillary Rosenzweig made two of her five saves after the Judges had taken the lead to preserve the one-goal advantage. The Brandeis defense of junior Meredith Milstein, sophomore Abby Shields and rookies Taryn Martiniello and Ruth Orbach were instrumental in keeping MIT leading scorers Liz Theurer and Amy Ludlum to just four shots on goal. Junior Stephanie Brenman had six saves in her final effort of the season for the Engineers.

Despite enduring the tough loss, MIT closed out one of the best seasons in the history of the program. The Engineers won 13 games, their highest win total since winning 14 in 2001 and finished with the Institute's fourth-highest winning percentage. The Cardinal and Gray also advanced past the conference post-season for the first time in five years en route to their second victory ever in the ECAC Tournament.

MIT's success was fueled by senior Amy Ludlum, who is set to leave behind an incredible legacy. The star forward set an MIT single-season record with 52 points after scoring 18 goals and adding 16 assists. She finishes her last college season with an Institute-record 52 career goals and ranks second on the all-time points list with 127. Ludlum was a First Team All-Conference selection in 2007 after securing honors as the NEWMAC Player of the Year last season.