April 19, 2006
WELLESLEY, Mass. - For the fourth time this season, MIT (4-6, 2-3 NEWMAC) failed to win a game decided by one goal. The Engineers could not muster a goal in the final 10 and a half minutes on Tuesday night, and Wellesley College (7-8, 2-3 NEWMAC) hung on for a 10-9 victory. Sophomore Amber Evans (four goals, one assist), junior Maxine Brownstein (four goals) and senior tri-captain Katie Moseley (four assists) helped the Blue overcome a three goal, three assist effort by MIT senior Deanna Lentz.
The first half was all about Amber Evans. She tallied the Blue's first goal at 23:19 and after the Engineers responded with two scores, Evans answered with two of her own. Freshman Marry Hatch momentarily knotted the game at 3-3 when she capitalized on pass from Lentz at 11:13. But just over a minute later, Evans struck back. She made no mistake on a feed from Moseley, burying her fourth goal of the half and 29th of the season to give the Blue a 4-3 lead. Wellesley carried the one-goal advantage deep into the half but watched MIT junior Amanda Hunter score the equalizer with just :05 on the clock.
The Blue bounced right back to open the second frame, but this time a different goal scorer rose to the occasion. Maxine Brownstein potted her 36th goal of the season unassisted at 28:25. Moseley then found Brownstein just 32 seconds later, and the Blue added another goal at 26:25 to go up 7-4. Lentz and Brownstein would trade goals before the Engineers began their own 3-0 run. At 17:42, Lentz scored her 37th goal before assisting on tallies by Hatch and freshman Samantha O'Keefe.
With the game deadlocked at 8-8, senior tri-captain Audrey Gill and Brownstein scored 49 seconds apart to give Wellesley a 10-8 advantage with just over 10 minutes to play. MIT quickly retaliated, as senior Randee Miller found the back of the net at 10:30, but that was as close as the Engineers would get. The Blue's freshman goalie Kristin Jaronczyk stood tall down the stretch, stopping three shots in the final few minutes to help Wellesley hang on for a 10-9 victory.
Jaronczyk finished the game with 12 total saves, including eight in the second half. Junior Hee Jay Kang turned aside nine shots for the Engineers.
MIT travels to Norton Massachusetts to wrap up the regular season against Wheaton College (6-5, 4-1 NEWMAC) on Saturday, April 22. The game will begin at 1:00 p.m.