March 18, 2006
BEVERLY, Mass. - The women's lacrosse team (0-1) stumbled in Wednesday night's season opener against Endicott College (3-1). After building a 7-3 lead at the end of the first half, MIT allowed seven answered goals in the second frame before Endicott's Heather Hatfield tallied the game-winner with 20 seconds remaining in overtime. Senior Cathy Sharp led the Gulls with four goals.
The Engineers came out looking sharp on Wednesday, as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead just under nine minutes into the game. Endicott broke that momentum on a goal by Sara Gunter at 13:59, but MIT came right back with three more unanswered goals to extend the lead to 6-1 with 5:44 left in the half. The two teams exchanged goals over the next 30 seconds before the Gulls' Cathy Sharp cut MIT's lead to 7-3 with 24 seconds remaining in the half.
Looking to put Endicott away early in the second frame, senior Randee Miller and freshman Samantha O'Keefe each scored their second goal of the game. Comfortably ahead 9-3 with just under 23 minutes remaining, the Engineers began a major meltdown. The Gulls rattled off seven unanswered goals over the next 18 minutes to go up 10-9, a run that featured three tallies by Cathy Sharp in a span of 4:23.
Finally at 3:21, MIT's Deanna Lentz stopped the bleeding with her second tally of the game. Just over minute later, the Engineers regained the lead when junior Mary Harding notched her second goal. But again, MIT failed to hold on. With just 24 seconds left in regulation, Emily Judd found the back of the net to even the score at 11-11 and send the game into overtime.
Both teams struggled to produce solid scoring chances early on in the extra session, until once again, the Gulls came up with the answer in dramatic fashion. This time it was Heather Hatfield providing the dramatics, scoring her second goal of the game with 20 seconds to play.
In the losing effort, junior goalie Hee Jay Kang (0-1) stopped 12 of the 24 Endicott shots she faced. The victor, junior Erin Curry (3-0), made seven saves on 18 MIT shots. Deanna Lentz paced the Engineers with seven ground balls.
MIT is back in action on Saturday, March 18, against Rhode Island College (0-2) for their home opener at Jack Barry Field. The game, which will mark the first ever contest between RIC and MIT, is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.