Sept. 22, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Engineers put on quite a spectacle against UMass Dartmouth at Jack Barry Field Thursday night. MIT provided an abundance of shots, 47 in all, en route to a 4-2 victory. Senior co-captain Deanna Lentz amassed thirteen shots of her own and recorded two goals and two assists as the Engineers racked up their fifth straight win, improving to 7-1 on the season.
From the get go, it was all MIT, but it was the Corsairs who managed to get on the board first. Seniors Robin Dziedzic and Lauren Mannarino hooked up at 14:03 for what ended in a nifty goal by Dziedzic. Four minutes later, the Engineers finally got one by UMass Dartmouth sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Fitzgerald when MIT senior Lauren Nowierski deflected home a shot by Lentz.
The shooting gallery continued for the Engineers throughout the half, but despite the onslaught, the Corsairs were able to grab the lead. UMass Dartmouth's leading scorers, sophomores Erin Langan and Caitlin DiCecca, connected on a pretty pass in front of the cage. DiCecca was falling down as she fed Langan for her sixth goal of the season. Miraculously, the Corsairs went into halftime with that same one goal lead. MIT drilled Fitzgerald with 22 shots in the first half, but she was not fazed, making 12 saves in the opening frame.
Entering the second half, MIT knew something had to give if they continued to pressure the Corsairs. At 38:52, the pressure paid off for the Engineers. Deanna Lentz capitalized on a quick feed from junior Anna Ayuso in front of the net to tie the game at two. Three minutes later, Lentz fired a shot that was deflected up high and found its way past Fitzgerald to put MIT in front for good. The goal was Lentz's second game-winner of the year.
Throughout the remainder of the game, the Engineers did not let up and continued to assault Fitzgerald with shots from all over the field. The Corsairs were hardly able to reach midfield for most of the half, and Ayuso tallied an insurance goal for MIT at 54:59. Lentz picked up the assist, completing a dominant 13 shot, six point performance. She now has 12 points on the season.
While the story of the game was certainly MIT's outburst for 47 shots and Lentz's show on offense, the play of UMass Dartmouth goalie Elizabeth Fitzgerald was nothing short of brilliant. She made 12 stops in the opening frame and gave her team a chance to steal the game. MIT's offense just proved to be too much in the second half. Fitzgerald finished with 23 saves in the loss, while Alexa Herman recorded just one stop in the victory.
The Engineers will look to continue to roll on Saturday when they host Babson College in their first conference game of the season. The game is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Jack Barry Field.