April 5, 2011

Kauffman Scores Six in Women’s Lacrosse Win over Framingham State

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.Katie Kauffman scored six goals to lead the MIT women's lacrosse team to a 17-7 win over Framingham State University in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Maple Street Field. With the win the Engineers improved to 6-3 on the season, while the Rams fell to 1-4.

Kaitlyn Nealon added three goals and an assist for MIT, while Kelly Duncan posted two goals and two assists. Erica Little contributed a game-high three assists to go along with a goal, while Molly McShane picked up two assists and a goal. Molly McCartin paced the defense with three groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Framingham State was led by Kerry Kiley who scored three goals, while Chelsea Temple chipped in two. Louie Rijo and Heather Massee both had a single goal.

Leading 2-1 with just over 23 minutes remaining in the first half, the Engineers scored six unanswered goals including three from Nealon and a pair from Kauffman to take a commanding 8-2 advantage at the 7:17 mark. MIT would maintain the six-goal advantage until the final minute when Temple converted a free-position shot while Kiley found the back of the net with 12 seconds to go.

The Engineers' margin returned to six in the opening minutes of the second stanza as Kauffman scored just 27 seconds in and Laura Wacker connected for her lone goal with 26:54 left.

Massee's solo effort pulled the Rams back within six (10-4), but the Engineers responded with three straight. Kauffman registered back-to-back goals while Little's strike opened up a commanding 13-4 lead with 21:20 remaining. Temple scored for the Rams at 18:16, but MIT countered with a 4-2 run to close out the game.

Kelsey Turner made 18 saves and picked up the loss in net for the Rams, while Sarah Ritter made 12 saves and earned the victory for the Engineers.

The Rams return to conference action on Thursday as they travel to Becker College, while the Engineers host the University of Southern Maine on Saturday.

Courtesy of Framingham State University Sports Information