April 2, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 5-0 run by MIT that spanned the final 15 minutes of the first half helped propel it to an 18-9 win over Gordon College in a non-conference women lacrosse game on Thursday. Casey Flynn tallied a game-high seven points on five goals and two assists for the Engineers (4-3). Katie Knaus paced the Fighting Scots (3-4) with four goals, one assist, and five draw controls.
Danielle Zorn put Gordon on the board first by connecting on a pass from Annie Cameron. MIT evened the contest 26 seconds later courtesy of a strike from Katie Kauffman that was set up by Flynn. Erica Little put the Engineers ahead with a free position goal, but Knaus responded with a solo effort of her own. Back-to-back free position blasts by Flynn increased the Cardinal and Gray’s margin to two (4-2). Knaus and Zorn both found the back of the net, with Zorn’s equalizer coming at the 16:23 mark. This was as close as it would get for the visitors as a coast-to-coast run by Stephanie Brenman put MIT ahead for good and ignited its pivotal spurt that resulted in a 9-4 advantage at the intermission.
After scoring the final two goals of the opening frame, Samantha O’Keefe completed the hat-trick after connecting on a feed from Kauffman early in the second stanza. Flynn increased the Engineers’ lead with a pair of goals which were assisted by Little. Gordon ended its scoring drought with 18:58 on the clock courtesy of Kylie Hardin’s free position shot. Just over a minute later, Hardin brought the Fighting Scots within six (12-6) after connecting on a pass by Cameron. The Engineers countered with a 6-1 run during the next 15 minutes to put the game out of reach. Despite the deficit, Gordon continued to attack as Knaus lit the lamp twice during the last two minutes of play.
O’Keefe finished the night with five goals, one assist, and three draw controls as Flynn notched three groundballs. Little totaled three goals and three assists while Kauffman registered two goals and an assist. Kelly Duncan, Stephanie Leger, Lauren Rodda, and Molly McCartin each posted two caused turnovers as Duncan added three groundballs and three draw controls. In net, McCartin collected five saves.
Zorn bolstered the Fighting Scots’ attack with three goals as Hardin contributed two goals. Cameron earned a pair of assists while Julia Stevenson and Mollie Lawry both notched two groundballs. Dana Peterson paced the defense with two caused turnovers as Chyanne Wilson amassed 16 saves.
Both teams will continue non-conference action on Tuesday, April 7. MIT will host Simmons College while Gordon will travel to Tufts University.