March 23, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a weeklong hiatus between games, the MIT women’s lacrosse team picked up right where it left off as it recorded a 17-13 win over Eastern Connecticut State University on Sunday. Casey Flynn powered the Engineers (2-2) with six goals and four assists. The offensive explosion tied the Institute record for points in a game and also helped Flynn surpass the 100-point mark.
MIT raced out to a 5-1 lead after nine minutes expired, with Flynn and Katie Kauffman each finding the back of the net twice. The Warriors responded with four unanswered goals to even the contest at the 13:10 mark. The Engineers countered with three goals in a span of 1:35 to claim an 8-5 advantage. Erica Little started the spurt with an unassisted strike which was followed by another Kauffman blast that was set up by Flynn, who then buried a free-position shot. Each side traded goals to close the half as Little’s solo effort put the Cardinal and Gray up, 10-7, at the intermission.
The Engineers quickly doubled their margin in the second stanza. Little tacked on her second goal of the day before setting up Flynn for her fifth strike of the contest. Samantha O’Keefe gave MIT its largest lead of the game with an unassisted marker at 22:28. Eastern Connecticut battled back, using a 6-2 run to come within two (15-13) with 5:06 left to play. Unassisted goals by Little and Flynn at 2:10 and 1:26 maintained the Engineers’ small cushion as they held on for the victory.
Little finished the day with five goals and an assist while Kauffman tallied four goals, three groundballs, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers. O’Keefe posted two caused turnovers as Stephanie Leger collected three groundballs. Lynne Tye notched two draw controls while Alex Wright registered two caused turnovers. In net, Molly McCartin totaled eight saves.