March 28, 2012

Second-Half Rally Pushes Pomona-Pitzer Past MIT

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Despite overcoming an early first-half deficit and entering the intermission with a 9-8 advantage, MIT was unable to maintain the momentum as Pomona-Pitzer went on to defeat the Engineers, 22-12, on Wednesday night. Senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) compiled three goals, one assist, three draw controls, and two groundballs for the Engineers.

The Sagehens created a 6-1 margin midway through the first half but MIT responded with four goals during the next two minutes. Kauffman recorded her second goal of the game and then set up junior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) for the next marker. Sophomore Kaitlyn Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) then buried back-to-back tallies to bring the Engineers within one (6-5).

After trading goals, MIT scored three in a row to close the half with a 9-8 edge. Sophomore Erica Du (Excelsior, Minn.) began the rally as Nealon's free-position strike knotted the game at eight. Freshman Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) connected on pass from classmate Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) to put the Engineers in front with 3:10 left in the frame.

Pomona-Pitzer reclaimed the lead courtesy of four unanswered goals during the first five minutes of the second half. Junior Molly McShane's (Lake Bluff, Ill.) free-position shot narrowed the gap to two (12-10) at the 24:01 mark; however, this was as close as it would get as the Sagehens mounted a 10-2 run to end the game.

Wacker finished with three goals, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers while Nealon added three goals and three draw controls. Freshman Carol Davis (Marlborough, Mass.) picked up three groundballs as junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) contributed two groundballs and two draw controls. In net, sophomore Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) collected 18 saves.

In its return to Cambridge, MIT (1-8) resumes NEWMAC play on Saturday, March 31 against Mount Holyoke College.