GORHAM, Maine – The MIT women's lacrosse team led from start to finish as it picked up a 14-10 victory over the University of Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon. Captains Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) and Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both registered four goals while Kauffman added two assists for the Engineers.
Kauffman opened the game with back-to-back goals, the second assisted by senior Anna Teruya (Hockessin, Del.) who then found freshman Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.) to put MIT up 3-0. The Huskies got on the board at the 20:36 mark but two goals from Wacker less than a minute apart gave MIT some breathing room.
Southern Maine narrowed the gap to three (5-2) with 11:04 left in the half; however, the Cardinal and Gray rattled off four unanswered goals in the next nine minutes to take control of the game. Wacker connected on a feed from Kauffman to start the run while junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) followed with a player-advantage tally. Kauffman completed the hat-trick as junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) converted a free-position shot. The hosts tacked on a goal before the break making the score 9-3 at halftime.
The Wacker-Kauffman connection returned 19 seconds into the second stanza but the Huskies scored two in a row to stay within striking distance. MIT responded with goals by freshman Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.), Kauffman, and Wright to create its largest lead of the day (13-5) midway through the half. A strike by Southern Maine was matched by McShane's free-position shot with 9:03 left to play. The Huskies then closed out the game with four straight goals, resulting in the final score.
In addition to her game-high six points, Kauffman posted three draw controls while McShane registered four groundballs and four draw controls. Wacker recorded four draw controls as sophomore Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) amassed 15 saves.
MIT (2-9) resumes NEWMAC play on Tuesday, April 10 at Wellesley College.