April 24, 2006
NORTON, Mass. - The women's lacrosse team (4-7, 2-4 NEWMAC) closed out the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a 13-11 loss to host Wheaton College (7-6, 5-1 NEWAC). The Engineers, now with seven losses by a combined 11 goals, continued to struggle to win close games. With the loss, MIT secured the fifth seed and a first round matchup with Babson College (9-7, 3-3 NEWMAC) in the NEWMAC tournament.
The Lyons had three players record hat tricks. Meredith Hurd (four), Julia Coit (three) and Sara Dimick (three) provided almost all of Wheaton's offensive production. Coat also added an assist. MIT senior Deanna Lentz (three goals, two assists) and freshman Samantha O'Keefe also recorded three goals each, but it wasn't enough to keep pace with the Lyons.
Lentz set up O'Keefe at 28:43 and sophomore Laura Watson at 24:32 to put MIT out front 2-0 early, but the lead did not last long. Wheaton came right back with two straight goals to tie the game, and the team's continued the up and down fight throughout the first half. Up 4-3 at 17:14 after Coit's 31st goal of the season, the Lyons allowed three straight goals, including two by junior Mary Harding. Facing a two-goal deficit, Wheaton rallied and went on a 3-1 run to close out the half tied at seven.
The Engineers regained the lead as O'Keefe capitalized on a free position shot at 27:51 to open the second frame. After Wheaton sophomore Sara Dimick traded goals with Deanna Lentz, the Lyons took control of the game. Dimick scored again at 16:09 to tie the game, beginning a run on which the Lyons scored three straight goals and five of the next six to take a 13-10 lead with just over a minute to play. The run was highlighted by Meredith Hurd's 36th and 37th goals of the season. Junior Amanda Hunter added one goal for MIT before time ran out.
Juniors Kristin Konig and Mary Catherine Boll split time in net for the Lyons, but it was Boll who picked up her first win in the relief effort. The duo combined for four saves, while junior Hee Jay Kang turned aside 12 shots for the Engineers.
MIT will kick off the NEWMAC tournament with a quarterfinal matchup at Babson College on Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m.