March 20, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season following a 9-6 victory over Keene State College on Tuesday. Casey Flynn led all scorers with six points, including five goals, as the Engineers improved to 1-1 on the year. Michelle Mazzotta and Dene Tully each scored twice for the Owls (0-1).
Mazzotta opened the scoring 2:08 into the contest with an unassisted strike. Flynn tied the game five minutes later and then connected on feed from Lily He to give MIT the lead at 18:34. Just over a minute later, Lanaya Nelson evened the score at two. The Engineers responded with three unanswered goals in a span of four minutes. Flynn started the spurt, which was followed by a free position goal from Laura Watson and a shot from He that trickled into the net. Mazzotta narrowed the Owls' deficit to two (5-3) with 11:38 remaining in the half. Flynn contributed to MIT's final goals of the frame as she set up Watson and then converted a free position attempt for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Flynn carried the momentum into the second stanza as she gave the Engineers their largest lead of the day, 8-3, after 26 seconds elapsed. On the ensuing draw control, Keene State's Tully registered the first goal of her career. The game remained scoreless until Meagan Moran's goal with 21:12 left on the clock. The Owls closed the gap to two (8-6) three minutes later on Tully's second goal of half. A defensive battle ensued for the remainder of the game until He set up Samantha O'Keefe for an insurance goal with 27 seconds left to play.
Watson picked up a team-high five groundballs to go along with three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Ming Leong, He, and O'Keefe each added three groundballs as Flynn totaled three draw controls. Hee Jay Kang collected 11 saves for the Engineers.
Molly Corcoran posted a game-high eight groundballs while Andrea Mitchell, Melissa Gagnon, Moran each tallied six. Mazzotta recorded four draw controls as Stephanie Georgevits was credited with two caused turnovers. In net, Jen Gearing made six saves in Keene State's first game of the season.
Both teams will continue non-conference action at home on Thursday, March 22. MIT will host Gordon College while Keene State will face Springfield College.