Oct. 4, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - It was not surprising when MIT took Regis College by storm from the opening whistle of Tuesday night's game at Jack Barry Field. But the Engineers exceeded expectations, jumping out to a 6-0 lead before the first 21 minutes had ticked off the clock. The six first half goals were a team record for the Engineers, who coasted to a 9-1 victory over the Pride. MIT also set a team best mark for most points accumulated in a game, 24. Junior Anna Ayuso was sensational, pumping in nine points of her own.
MIT's senior co-captains set the tone early and began the assault on Regis. Noelle Kanaga dished the ball from the side of the net to Deanna Lentz, who was camped out in front for an easy goal. Four minutes later at 7:19, Lentz fired a shot and teammate Anna Ayuso deflected it home for her first of four goals on the evening. Ayuso then capitalized on a rebound at 9:41, and senior Cheryl Texin followed with another score on a penalty corner pass from Kanaga. Ayuso tallied her third goal of the half at 20:24 when she deflected a pass from sophomore Lauren McCarthy past Regis freshman goalkeeper Kristen Tavares. Lentz and senior Lauren Nowierski hooked up for the sixth MIT goal 23 seconds later, completing the record-setting half for the Engineers. MIT bested their five goal, first half effort set against Curry College on October 2, 1986.
After MIT's sixth goal, the Pride substituted goalie Tavares for junior Aislynn Quinn, and Regis responded. The Pride got on the board at 21:22 of the first half when senior co-captain Kimberly Luciani netted a pass from junior Leah Boniface. The goal was only the fifth of the season for the winless Pride.
The second frame was more of the same firepower from MIT, and the Engineers put up three more goals on the scoreboard. McCarthy found the back of the cage at 38:25, and Ayuso and freshman Janet Pan scored a minute apart later in the half to make the score 9-1. Pan's goal, assisted by Ayuso, was the 24th team point of the game for the Engineers, breaking the previous record of 22 set against Wheelock College on September 26, 1992. The assist was also the team-leading 22nd point of the year for Ayuso. Despite constant pressure from MIT, there was no scoring in the final 15 minutes of the game.
MIT outshot the Pride 34-5 and improved to 9-2 on the season with the record-setting win. For Regis College (0-11), the defeat extended their losing streak to 11 games. The Pride have yet to find the win column this season.
The Engineers travel to Northampton, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 8 to battle conference rival Smith College. The game is the first of six tough NEWMAC contests for the Engineers to close out the regular season.