Wacker Breaks Records as MIT Defeats Eastern Connecticut, 16-15
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) racked up 10 goals including the game-winner to lead the MIT women's lacrosse team to a 16-15 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday night. Her scoring performance broke the MIT record for goals in a game as the previous mark of nine was set by Tracy Sadowski '99 in 1997. In addition, Wacker surpassed the standard of 142 career goals which was established by former teammate Casey Flynn '10.
A solo effort by Wacker opened the scoring after 40 seconds elapsed while the Engineers increased their cushion on goal by senior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) that was set up by sophomore Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.). The Warriors responded with four straight goals which put them in front, 4-2, midway through the half. An unassisted marker by Wright was matched by Eastern Connecticut but Wacker produced three of the next four goals to even the score at six with 7:05 on the clock. An exchange of goals ensued as the hosts claimed an 8-7 edge going into halftime as they found the back of the net with one tick remaining.
MIT rattled off five unanswered goals early in the second stanza as Wacker and freshman Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) alternated the scoring attempts. The Warriors countered with a four-goal spurt that tied the game at 12 at the 13:09 mark. The back-and-forth scoring resumed until Wacker converted a feed from senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and then buried the game-winner to give the Engineers a 16-14 edge with 3:08 remaining. Eastern Connecticut controlled the ball down the stretch and eventually cut its deficit in half with 29 seconds to go. Following a timeout by MIT, freshman Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) secured the ensuing draw and did not relinquish possession as time expired.
DiDio finished with two goals, four groundballs, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers while Wright tallied two goals, four groundballs, and three draw controls. Schott posted one goal, one assist, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers as Kane earned a pair of assists. Freshman Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.) tacked on a goal while McShane recorded five groundballs. Sophomore Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) generated two caused turnovers as freshman Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) came up with six saves.
MIT (6-9) will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 20 when it hosts NEWMAC foe Springfield College.