Southern Maine Edges out MIT, 15-13
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first meeting with the University of Southern Maine, the Huskies emerged with a 15-13 win over MIT in a women's lacrosse game held in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Monday. Casey Flynn compiled a team-high seven points on five goals and two assists as the Engineers' ledger dipped to 2-1 on the year.
Flynn put the Cardinal and Gray on the board with a free-position shot, but back-to-back goals from Southern Maine resulted in its first lead. MIT countered with a three-goal spurt to go in front, 4-2. The Huskies evened the contest with a pair of goals 50 seconds apart. Erica Little converted a feed from Flynn at the 17:04 mark before Flynn's solo effort increased the Engineers' cushion to 6-4 with 9:32 left in the half. Southern Maine quickly knotted the contest, but a free-position goal by Kelly Duncan gave MIT a 7-6 edge at the break.
The Huskies tied the score at seven after 29 seconds elapsed in the second stanza. The Engineers responded with three straight goals to build their largest advantage of the day (10-7) with 27:23 on the clock. Flynn led off the flurry, followed by a free-position marker from Stephanie Leger, and an unassisted tally courtesy of Katie Kauffman. During the next 19 minutes, Southern Maine registered five unanswered goals to capture the lead.
Laura Wacker brought MIT within one (12-11) with 5:06 left to play, but the Huskies found the back of the net a minute later. A free-position strike from Flynn once again cut the deficit in half with 2:58 on the clock. The Huskies countered with back-to-back goals, the last with 54 seconds remaining, to gain some breathing room. The Engineers continued attack as shot by Flynn was stopped by Southern Maine's goalie with 29 seconds to go. MIT maintained the pressure with Little's free-position goal capping the scoring with four ticks left.
Wacker, Little, and Kauffman each finished with two goals as Little added two draw controls. Duncan tallied three groundballs, two draw controls, two caused turnovers, and a goal while Molly McShane posted four groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Meghan Wright added four groundballs as Allison Hamilos collected 11 saves.