MIT Falls One Short Against Hartwick, 7-6

March 28, 2006

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The women's lacrosse team (2-3, 0-1 NEWMAC) opened up their trip down south with a tightly-contested 7-6 loss to Hartwick College (4-1) on Monday morning. Freshman Samantha O'Keefe scored twice in just over a minute to tie the game at 6-6 in the second half, but the Engineers failed to answer in the final nine minutes after a goal by the Hawks' Jeney Schilling. Senior goalkeeper Amanda Gerich made 15 saves in the game and proved to be the difference for Hartwick down the stretch.

Senior co-captain Deanna Lentz tallied a goal and three assists for the Engineers to increase her season point total to 30 (16 goals, 14 assists). For the Hawks, juniors Schilling and Jessica DiBrita each scored twice. DiBrita also added an assist.

After the Hawks' Schilling found the back of the net just 1:54 into the game, there was no scoring for the next 10 minutes. Finally at 12:23, the Engineers knotted the game at 1-1 when Lentz found junior Mary Harding for the equalizer. Hartwick senior Tiffany Hoke got the goal back at 14:23, but MIT responded with three unanswered scores in the next five minutes to take a 4-2 lead.

Moments later the momentum shifted and the Hawks rattled off four straight goals including two by Jessica DiBrita at 29:30 and 29:48 to give Hartwick a 6-4 advantage at halftime. After combining for nine goals in the final 17:37 of the first half, both teams settled down and played sound defense in the second frame.

The Hawks maintained a 6-4 lead until 11:45 when Deanna Lentz fed Samantha O'Keefe for the second time in the game. Just over a minute later, O'Keefe tallied her third goal to tie the score at 6-6.

The contests remained deadlocked for almost nine minutes until Jeney Schilling, who posted the game's first goal, scored unassisted in what would prove to be the game-winner. The Hawks were able to hold on in the final eight minutes to secure their fourth victory of the season.

The Engineers have no time to dwell on the loss, as they continue spring break action on Tuesday morning against SUNY Fredonia at 10:00 a.m.