CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A seven-goal effort by Emerson College's Meg Ross would not be enough as MIT fought off the Lions for an 11-9 victory in a non-conference women's lacrosse game. Erica Little led the Engineers with five points on four goals and one assist. The outing moved her career total to 100 goals, becoming the seventh player in the program's history to reach this mark. Following the inaugural meeting between both teams, MIT improved to 5-3 on the year while the Lions' ledger lowered to 3-3.
Each side traded goals to start the contest before MIT registered six in a row to take an 8-2 advantage with 7:30 on the clock. After being held scoreless for nearly 18 minutes, Ross and Amy Gervis both found the back of the net during the final 17 seconds of the frame to close the Lions' gap to 8-4.
The duo found success early in the second stanza when Ross connected on a feed from Gervis. Ross then followed with back-to-back unassisted goals to bring the Lions within one (8-7) at the 16:38 mark. Molly McCartin's first goal of the season was a timely one as her free-position shot gave the Engineers some breathing room with 11:56 to go. Exactly 1:20 later, Ross kept Emerson within striking distance courtesy of an unassisted goal. Little's solo effort extended MIT's margin to 10-8, but Ross struck again while her squad was down two players due to yellow cards. The Engineers capped the scoring when Stephanie Leger redirected a pass from Katie Kauffman with 3:01 left to play.
Ross had a chance to register the equalizer shortly thereafter on a free-position attempt, but her shot was blocked. The Lions retained possession, but blasts by Katie Dodge and Christina Riccitelli were off the mark. A foul gave the Cardinal and Gray the ball, which they did not relinquish.
Kauffman finished with three goals, one assist, three groundballs, and three draw controls. Casey Flynn posted one goal and two assists as Laura Wacker, McCartin, and Leger each scored once. Alex Wright posted four groundballs, three caused turnovers, and two draw controls while Leger contributed three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Wacker added three groundballs as Meghan Wright chipped in two of her own. In net, Allison Hamilos collected eight saves.
In addition to her game-high scoring performance, Ross totaled five draw controls and three groundballs. Gervis and Laura Miley both notched one goal and one assist while Meg Robinson scooped up four groundballs. Meredith Pomeroy recorded three groundballs as Nicole Lecuyer bolstered the defense with two caused turnovers. Dodge picked up three draw controls while Emily Saeger racked up 13 saves and three groundballs.
The Engineers enjoyed slight edges in shots (30-28) and groundballs (23-21), but the Lions had a 13-8 advantage in draw controls, including a 9-0 margin in the second half. The hosts were 4-of-8 in free-positions shots while Emerson was unsuccessful in their seven attempts.
Both squads return to conference play later this week. MIT will host NEWMAC foe Smith College on Saturday, April 10 while Emerson will have a home match-up with GNAC rival Mount Ida College on Thursday, April 8.