April 12, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's 12 first-half goals proved to be the difference in its 18-7 win over Smith College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse game on Saturday. Laura Watson paced the Engineers (2-6, 1-2 NEWMAC) with five goals while Caitlin Kennedy led the Pioneers (3-6, 0-3 NEWMAC) with four goals, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers.
MIT opened the contest with five straight goals by five different scorers during a span of 13 minutes. Erica Little found Casey Flynn for the first tally and then registered an unassisted strike 34 seconds later. A solo effort by Kennedy put Smith on the board at the 14:29 mark. The Pioneers narrowed the gap to three (5-2) almost two minutes later when Emily Riff connected on a feed from Sara Smyth. The Engineers responded with seven unanswered goals to close out the half. Watson notched three goals during the stretch as Flynn posted two goals and an assist. Samantha O'Keefe scored twice, including what proved to be the game-winning goal.
After being held scoreless for nearly 18 minutes, Smith ended its drought early in the second stanza with an unassisted goal by Kennedy. The Pioneers won the ensuing draw and saw Smyth go to goal at 25:02, which made the score 12-4. Each side traded goals during the next 14 minutes, maintaining the eight-goal margin (14-6). MIT countered with three consecutive goals in a span of three minutes to put the game out of reach. Stephanie Leger started the run with an unassisted tally and then placed Little's pass into the far right corner of the net. Watson converted another Little feed to cap the spurt. Smith continued to attack as Carolyn Whiting set up Kennedy for the visitors' final goal of the day. O'Keefe wrapped up the scoring by capitalizing on a miscue by the Pioneers with 17 seconds remaining.
Smyth totaled a goal and two assists for the Pioneers while Elizabeth Mauro scooped up three groundballs. Kaitlyn Murdough posted two caused turnovers as Sara Smith collected 11 saves.
O'Keefe (four goals), Little (one goal, three assists), and Flynn (three goals and one assist) each picked four points for the Engineers. Molly McCartin recorded a game-high six draw controls as O'Keefe, Alex Wright, and Monique Squiers racked up three groundballs apiece. Little and O'Keefe each contributed two caused turnovers while Squiers compiled nine saves.
Both squads will continue NEWMAC play on Tuesday, April 15. MIT will travel to Wheaton College while Smith will host Mount Holyoke College.