April 18, 2005

Deanna Lentz Leads MIT To Sudden-Death Victory Over Mount Holyoke

April 16, 2005

Box Score

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - MIT women's lacrosse continued its sensational campaign on Saturday, delivering a 10-9 sudden-death victory over Mount Holyoke College (7-6, 1-3) in a pivotal NEWMAC match. Junior Deanna Lentz scored the final three goals for MIT (6-2, 2-2), including the equalizer in the second overtime session and the game-winner in the third and final extra period.

Kaitlin Kamrowski put MIT on the board early, scoring a goal just 44 seconds into the tilt. Caitlin Taylor responded with one of her team-best four goals, before Kelsey Presson got cooking with four first half finishes of her own. Elizabeth Lin scored in her second straight game as the Cardinal and Gray built a 6-3 lead by the halftime break.

In the second half, Josephine Nieport slashed Tech's lead to one with two goals in the first three minutes. Jasmin Moghbeli pushed MIT's advantage back to two with a free position goal at the 40-minute mark and Lentz scored her first of the day on Kamrowski's second assist just eight minutes later.

As the Engineers seemed to be heading for their sixth win of the season in relative comfort, Mount Holyoke's Taylor single-handedly brought the Lyons back to life. Scoring three times in the final eight minutes of regulation, her unassisted score at 58:25 tied the score and set the stage for overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime period, Mount Holyok briefly took the lead with a goal at 64:20. Now facing defeat, MIT turned to its junior star Deanna Lentz, who knotted the game at nine with a free position goal at 65:50, just 10 seconds before the Lyons would have secured the come-from-behind victory.

Feeding off the energy generated by the improbable equalizer, Lentz once again provided MIT with heroics, scoring the unassisted game-winner just 2:32 into the first sudden-death overtime period.

Hee Jay Kang made 18 saves in the cage in moving to 6-1 on the year, while Lauren Mulcahy shouldered the loss despite making five stops.