WENHAM, Mass. – The MIT women's lacrosse team cut its deficit to two on a pair of occasions late in the second half, but host Gordon College held on for a 16-13 win the season openers for both squads on Tuesday night. Senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) paced the Engineers with five points on three goals and two assists while picking up three groundballs.
Junior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored four goals as classmate Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) tallied six groundballs, three draw controls, two caused turnovers, one goal and one assist. Sophomore Kaitlyn Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) registered three goals, three draw controls, and two groundballs while junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) notched one goal, one assist, and two groundballs. In her intercollegiate debut, freshman Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) posted one goal, two groundballs, and one draw control as sophomore Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) collected 11 saves and two groundballs.
Wright found Wacker for the first goal of the game which was followed by a free-position strike by Muri. The Fighting Scots scored immediately off the ensuing draw; however, Wacker quickly increased MIT's lead to 3-1. Gordon tallied two goals in a flash, but Wacker converted a feed from Kauffman to put the Engineers in front, 4-3, at the 18:58 mark.
The hosts then responded with four straight goals over the course of the next 13 minutes, taking a lead it would not relinquish. The Wacker-Kauffman connection ended MIT's scoring drought as both squads went on to trade goals, resulting in a 9-6 advantage for Gordon at halftime.
Behind the strength of three Kauffman goals and a solo effort by Wacker, the Engineers evened the score at 10 midway through the second half. The Fighting Scots countered with three consecutive goals in a span of 2:23 to gain some breathing room. A free-position strike by Nealon narrowed the gap to two (13-11) with 11:14 on the clock. Gordon recorded back-to-back goals, but two more from Nealon kept MIT within striking distance with 4:23 left to play. The Fighting Scots capped the scoring 36 seconds later and then won the ensuing draw as it retained possession for the remainder of the game.
The Cardinal and Gray returns to action on Tuesday, March 13 when it hosts nationally-ranked No. 20 Williams College.