March 22, 2006

MIT Finishes First Half Strong; Defeats Gordon, 15-10

March 22, 2006

Box Score

WENHAM, Mass. - The visiting Engineers (2-1) worked themselves out of three early three-goal deficits to defeat Gordon College (3-2) 15-10 on Tuesday. MIT was able to overcome a six goal effort by freshman Annie Cameron of the Fighting Scotts, thanks in large part to senior co-captain Deanna Lentz, who also tallied six goals and added four assists. For Lentz, it was the second straight game that she tied the school-record for points in a game (10).

It was all Annie Cameron to begin Tuesday's non-conference game at Gordon College. She opened up the scoring just 44 seconds into the game and then capitalized on two free position attempts to give Gordon a 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the game. Finally at 7:10, senior Randee Miller got MIT on the board, but the Fighting Scotts' freshman Dani Zorn answered at 9:05. The two teams then exchanged goals, and Gordon remained ahead by three with 11 minutes gone in the half. Already with a goal in the game, Deanna Lentz gave MIT a much needed spark moments later.

At 11:24, Lentz scored unassisted, beginning a 6-0 scoring run that would extend through the end of the first half. During the 19 minute span, Lentz recorded three goals and an assist and sophomore Laura Watson scored twice, including a goal at 29:47 to give MIT an 8-5 lead at the half.

In need of a shift of momentum, the Fighting Scotts came out determined to score the first goal and did so at 2:51. Cameron found senior tri-captain Kim Otsuji to cut the Engineers lead to 8-6. But MIT was not about to let the lead slip away. Just 21 seconds later, junior Mary Harding tallied her second goal of the game on a feed from Lentz. Sophomore Mary Snell again helped Gordon pull within two goals with a score at 4:41 but that was as close as the Fighting Scotts would get.

Harding, Lentz and Watson each scored over the next five minutes to extend MIT's lead to 12-7 with 20 minutes to play. Annie Cameron would add two more goals and finished with six scores and an assist in the game, but MIT's Lentz added another goal and an assist before time ran out to help the Engineers to a 15-10 victory.

With six goals and four assists on Tuesday, Lentz now has 11 goals and nine assists in the last two games. She has recorded 10 points in consecutive games for the first time in MIT history. Gordon freshman goalie Chyanne Wilson (3-2) made eight saves in the loss, while junior keeper Hee Jay Kang (2-1) stopped eight of 18 shots to lead the Engineers to victory.

MIT will look to build on their current two-game winning streak when they travel to Springfield, Mass. to battle Springfield College (1-2) on Saturday, March 26. The contest will begin at 10 a.m.