April 7, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the inaugural meeting between both programs, the MIT women’s lacrosse team emerged with a 20-2 victory over Simmons College on Tuesday. Casey Flynn paced the Engineers (5-4) with eight goals and two assists while Natalie Stever led the way for the Sharks (3-4) with two goals.
Flynn opened the scoring with an unassisted goal which was matched by MIT’s Kelly Duncan. Stever cut Simmons’ deficit in half when she buried a free position shot at the 22:18 mark. The Engineers responded by rattling off 10 straight goals during the next 19 minutes. Stever’s solo effort ended the Sharks’ scoring drought with 2:11 left in the frame. The Cardinal and Gray entered the break with a comfortable 12-2 lead.
The Engineers recorded eight unanswered goals in the second half, with Flynn and Duncan each finding the back of the net three times.
In addition to her game-high scoring performance, Flynn tallied four groundballs and four caused turnovers. Duncan posted a career-high six goals as Katie Kauffman notched two goals, two assists, and five draw controls. Erica Little registered one goal and three assists while Lynne Tye compiled six caused turnovers and a goal. Evelyn Cordner and Alex Wright bolstered the defense with three caused turnovers apiece as Cordner added three groundballs and a goal. Stephanie Leger tacked on three groundballs while Molly McCartin posted three saves.
Stever powered Simmons with four draw controls as Suzanne Tremblay totaled three groundballs. Amanda Weaver amassed 17 saves in net.
MIT will complete its three-game home-stand on Thursday, April 9 when it takes on Colby-Sawyer College. Simmons will continue its road trip on Saturday, April 11 when it travels to Framingham State College.