CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's lacrosse team wrapped up its trip to West Palm Beach, Fla. with a 14-7 victory over Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday. For the second time in three games Erica Little paced the Engineers (3-1) with six points on five goals and an assist.
The Cardinal and Gray rattled off five straight goals during the first eight minutes of the contest. Katie Kauffman started the run, followed by Little, and Stephanie Leger. Casey Flynn connected on a Kauffman pass at 22:44 and exactly 37 seconds later Little set up Kelly Duncan for MIT's fifth goal. The Colonials registered back-to-back tallies but the Engineers scored three in a row to establish an 8-2 lead. Little started the spurt by converting a feed from Alex Wright and bookended it with an unassisted marker. Laura Wacker accounted for the other tally as Flynn earned the assist. Western Connecticut recorded a free-position shot late in the half as Wacker found Duncan with 43 seconds remaining to give MIT a 9-3 cushion at the break.
The Engineers continued to roll in the second half, posting four unanswered goals over the course of 14:15. Once again Kauffman sparked the spree while Little completed the hat-trick on a pass from Duncan. Flynn notched a pair of free-positions goals which increased MIT's margin to 13-3. Western Connecticut outscored the Engineers, 4-1, during the final 13 minutes as Little provided the lone goal for her squad.
Duncan and Kauffman both notched two goals and an assist while Duncan added three groundballs and two draw controls. Flynn finished with three goals and an assist as Kauffman registered a team-high three draw controls. Molly McShane led the way with two caused turnovers while Allison Hamilos collected nine saves.