MIT Overpowers Gordon, 16-3, in Season Opener

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Laura Wacker, Erica Little, and Katie Kauffman each registered five points as the MIT women's lacrosse team posted a 16-3 victory over Gordon College on Tuesday night. The contest was the first for both squads in the 2011 campaign.

Wacker led all scorers with five goals while Little tallied one goal and four assists. Kauffman recorded a hat-trick to go along with two assists as Kelly Duncan notched three goals, one assist, and three draw controls. Stephanie Leger tallied three groundballs, three draw controls, and two goals while Molly McShane chipped in three groundballs, two draw controls, and two goals. In 50 minutes of action in net, Allison Hamilos turned away two shots as Sarah Ritter closed out the game with one save.

Jordan Alexander paced the Fighting Scots with two goals while Lisa Richardson earned the assist on Anna Blomberg's goal. Parisa Hassanzadeh collected a game-high four groundballs and two caused turnovers as Stephanie Fitzgerald totaled three groundballs. Danielle Maguire amassed nine saves for the visitors.

MIT set the tone early by scoring five unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes and went on to hold a 9-0 advantage at halftime. Kauffman opened the scoring by connecting on a feed from Little just 1:38 into the game. Duncan followed with back-to-back goals, the second set up by Kaitlyn Nealon, while Leger's free-position strike proved to be the game-winning goal with 20:51 on the clock.

Exactly 25 seconds later, Little began a string of three consecutive points as she found Wacker for two goals and recorded an unassisted marker of her own. A solo effort by Kauffman extended the Engineers' lead to 8-0 while Wacker completed the hat-trick with 10 seconds remaining in the frame.

A flurry of offensive activity kicked off the second stanza. Gordon ended the shutout when Alexander found the back of the net after 40 seconds elapsed while the Wacker-Little tandem generated the duo's third goal of the night 31 seconds later. MIT increased its margin courtesy of Leger's unassisted blast, but Blomberg helped narrow the Fighting Scots' deficit to 11-2.

McShane tacked on a free-position goal with 19:16 left to play, which was followed by a defensive battle during the next 10 minutes until Alexander buried a free-position attempt of her own. The Engineers closed out the game with four straight goals as Kauffman earned the final three points on a goal and two assists.

MIT returns to action on Thursday, March 10 when it hosts Keene State College while Gordon will resume play on Monday, March 14 against Smith College in West Palm Beach, Fla.