March 15, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Eight consecutive goals to start the second half helped power Endicott College to 19-10 victory over MIT in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Thursday night. Shiori Tachiwana paced the Gulls (2-0) with four goals as Casey Flynn posted a hat-trick in her first game for the Engineers (0-1).
Emily Judd opened the scoring for Endicott after 2:27 had elapsed. Exactly one minute later, MIT evened the contest with a free position shot by Julia Roberts. The Gulls responded with four unanswered goals during the next nine minutes, with Valerie Feldman recording the first and last goals. Flynn ended the spurt with an unassisted tally and was followed by a free position strike from Samantha O'Keefe, narrowing MIT's deficit to 5-3. Endicott then extended its advantage to 8-3 on tallies by Tachiwana, Alex Pearce, and Rebecca Bushnell. The Engineers closed the half with free position goals by Lily He and O'Keefe in a span of 44 seconds.
Less than two minutes into the second stanza, Feldman set up Sara Gunter for a goal that would spark the pivotal run for the Gulls. Tachiwana registered three goals, while Rebecca Bushnell, Gunter, Feldman, and Samantha Morin each scored once during the nine-minute spree. MIT's Roberts ended a 15-minute scoring drought with a free position shot at the 18:36 mark. Judd raised the Gulls' margin to 17-6 exactly six minutes later before Lynne Tye posted an unassisted tally for Tech. Back-to-back goals by Kristen Micho and Bushnell with less than eight minutes to play extended Endicott's lead to 19-7. The Engineers continued to attack as Flynn registered their sixth free position goal of the night and added an unassisted goal. Amanda Hunter capped the scoring with 17 seconds left to set up the final score.
Hunter picked up five groundballs as Flynn totaled five draw controls. Defensively, O'Keefe led the way with two caused turnovers while Hee Jay Kang made six saves for MIT.
Pearce led the Gulls with five groundballs while Judd and Gunter each collected three draw controls. Hannah Pelletier notched two caused turnovers as Erin Curry registered 12 saves in her first win of the season.
Both teams will host Wesleyan University in their next match ups. MIT will face the Cardinals on Saturday, March 17 as Endicott and Wesleyan will square off on Thursday, March 22.