March 22, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Gordon College withstood a five-goal burst by MIT's Laura Watson in the second half to record a 9-8 victory on Thursday night. Watson led all scorers with seven points on six goals and an assist while Dani Zorn paced the Fighting Scots (2-1) with four goals.
Gordon opened the game with three unanswered goals scored by Zorn, Katie Knaus, and Christine Arruda. Watson put the Engineers (1-2) on the board with 7:57 remaining in the half and Samantha O'Keefe converted a free position shot a minute later to narrow the gap to one (3-2). Amber Whalen quickly notched an unassisted strike for the Fighting Scots, but MIT cut its deficit in half when Mary Hatch connected on a feed from Watson. Zorn tallied back-to-back goals, with Annie Cameron earning an assist on the first, during the last minute of the half to give Gordon a 6-3 edge.
The Zorn-Cameron connection returned at the 11:27 mark of the second stanza. On the ensuing draw control, Whalen scooped up the ball and sprinted to the net for her second goal of the night. MIT responded with Watson tallying three goals in a four-minute span to narrow the margin to 8-6. Knaus registered the game-winning goal with 5:17 left to play before Watson found the back of the net two more times with the last goal occurring just inside the two-minute mark. The Engineers had a chance to even the contest at nine when it was awarded a free position attempt with 51 seconds remaining in regulation, but they were unable to convert the opportunity.
Zorn and Krista Bushong each recorded six groundballs while Knaus tallied three draw controls. Cameron paced Gordon with three caused turnovers as Chyanne Wilson made nine saves.
MIT will travel to West Palm Beach, Fla. next week, where it will face Hartwick College and SUNY Potsdam. Gordon will host Salve Regina University in its home opener on Saturday, March 24.