April 3, 2006
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The women's lacrosse team (3-4, 1-1 NEWMAC) picked up their first NEWMAC victory and ended a three-game slide on Saturday afternoon with a 9-4 win over host Smith College (2-6, 0-2 NEWMAC). The Engineers built on a 4-2 halftime lead with the first three goals of the second frame before the teams exchanged goals twice to close out the game. Senior Deanna Lentz had another spectacular outing with two goals, three assists and a career-high and school record 13 groundballs to pace MIT. Freshman Mary Hatch and senior Randee Miller each scored twice, while sophomore Mary Harding added a goal and an assist.
After suffering three straight losses by a combined four goals, the Engineers were determined to come out strong against Smith. Mary Hatch and Randee Miller both scored early to give MIT a two goal advantage almost five minutes into the contest. At 10:02, Smith College cut the lead in half, but Lentz and Harding responded with tallies at 15:07 and 17:12 to stake MIT to a 4-1 lead. Smith's Hillary Hightower managed a goal at 25:25 to close the gap to 4-2 before halftime.
With the game still up for grabs to begin the second frame, Lentz, junior Amanda Hunter and Randee Miller tallied three straight goals to give MIT a commanding 7-2 lead. Sara Barksdale buried Smith's third goal at 12:56, but Lentz's third goal came unassisted at 16:28 to reestablish the Engineers' five goal cushion. The teams exchanged goals over the last ten minutes, and MIT closed out their first NEWMAC win of the season by a 9-4 final.
Smith College goalkeeper Sarah Smith stopped nine of the 18 shots that she faced in the loss. Sophomore Hee Jay Kang (3-4) turned aside six Smith shots in the win.
MIT returns home to Jack Barry Field on Wednesday, April 5, for their first home contest since March 18. The team will look to capitalize with home field advantage against St. Joseph's College. Action will begin at 6:00 p.m.