March 30, 2006
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Fredonia State (1-1) scored twice in the final minute to complete an 8-7 comeback win in their season opener while handing the Engineers (2-4, 0-1 NEWMAC) their second one-goal loss in as many days on Tuesday morning. After falling to Hartwick College 7-6 on Monday, MIT relinquished a 7-5 lead over the final 10 minutes of action, completing a 0-2 trip in sunny Florida. The loss was the third straight for MIT and the fourth overall by a combined five goals.
Sophomores Kaleena and Kaleigh Goldsworthy helped the Blue Devils out to an early 2-1advantage just over five minutes into the game, but the lead didn't last as Fredonia failed to contain Lentz and Harding. Harding tied the game at 7:31 and then assisted on Lentz's second goal of the game at 8:18 to put MIT up 3-2. Almost 19 minutes later at 27:03, Kaleena Goldsworthy knotted the game at 3-3 on an unassisted tally, but Lentz responded with the equalizer just 11 seconds later.
With the second half underway, Harding again set up Lentz to give the Engineers their first two-goal lead of the day. Fredonia sophomore Christie Zaganiaczyk erased the Blue Devil's deficit within a matter of minutes. She was set up by Kaleigh Goldsworthy at 7:45 and Rebecca Erlichman at 9:21.
Unfortunately for Fredonia, the big day for Mary Harding and Deanna Lentz was not yet over. First, Harding recorded her second goal and fourth point of the day at 10:38. Then at 16:47, Lentz scored for the fifth time and just like that, MIT's two-goal was reestablished.
With a free position attempt at 19:50, Nicole VanEtten cut MIT's lead to one goal at 6-5, putting the Blue Devils within striking distance. Despite putting only one shot on goal in the 13 minutes after Lentz's fifth score, the Engineers were able to maintain their one goal lead deep into the contest. But with under a minute to play, the Blue Devils found some magic.
As time ticked below the one-minute mark, freshman Kate Corrigan made an interception to set up Kaleena Goldsworthy on a free position attempt. She made no mistake, beating MIT junior goalkeeper Hee Jay Kang at :58 with her third goal of the morning. That set the stage for sophomore Leslie VonPless. With nine seconds on the clock, she found the back of the net for her third collegiate goal to give the Blue Devils a dramatic 8-7 win in their season opener.
Fredonia sophomore goalie Sarah Wright made six saves to pick up her first win of the season. Victim of her third single-goal loss was MIT's Hee Jay Kang (2-4). Kang stopped seven of the 15 shots she faced.
The Engineers will look to bounce back when they return to the Northeast after a 0-2 trip down south. Their first test will be against Smith College (1-5, 0-1 NEWMAC) in Northampton, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.