April 29, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A seven-goal run that spanned the first and second halves helped power MIT to a 15-6 victory over Mount Holyoke College in a quarterfinal game of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament on Wednesday. Erica Little paced the Engineers’ attack with four goals while Ava Gottschall led the Lyons with two goals.
The No. 3 seeded Engineers (13-4) will continue play on Saturday, May 2 when they take on No. 2 Springfield College in semifinal action at 2:30 p.m. with Babson College serving as the host site. Following its first postseason meeting with MIT since 1993, No. 6 Mount Holyoke closed its campaign with a ledger of 5-11.
Little put the Cardinal and Gray on the board first with an unassisted marker after 2:05 expired. Clara Raugei found Hilary Bombard for the equalizer four minutes later, but a trio of free-position shots, two by Stephanie Brenman and one from Edith Reshef, gave the Engineers a 4-1 edge at the 15:59 mark. A free-position shot by Raugei and then an unassisted goal from Gottschall brought Mount Holyoke within one (4-3) with 9:14 on the clock. Katie Kauffman and Brenman increased MIT’s margin with free-position goals before Taylor Hedges tallied a free-position shot for the Lyons. Two goals by Kelly Duncan late in the frame gave the Engineers an 8-4 advantage at the break.
MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza, tallying five straight goals while its defense thwarted several attacks by Mount Holyoke. Little registered three goals during the spurt that resulted in a 13-4 lead with 13:33 left to play. Gottschall connected on a feed from Hedges over a minute later to end the scoring drought for the Lyons. Kauffman countered with a solo effort which was followed by Vika Planson converting a pass from Bombard at the 8:17 mark. Mount Holyoke won the ensuing draw and quickly put a shot on goal, but MIT goalie Molly McCartin came up with save. Following a successful clearing attempt, the Engineers held on to the ball until Reshef capped the scoring with 4:04 on the clock.
MIT had a slight advantage in groundballs (22-16) and shots (24-18), but the biggest difference was in free-position shots. The Engineers converted seven of their nine attempts while Mount Holyoke was 2-of-9 from eight meters out.
Brenman recorded a hat-trick on three free-position shots in addition to posting five groundballs and two draw controls. Reshef notched three goals as Samantha O’Keefe totaled five groundballs, five draw controls, and three caused turnovers. Duncan registered two goals while Kauffman finished with two goals and an assist. Alex Wright tallied three groundballs and three caused turnovers as McCartin collected nine saves and three groundballs.
In addition to her team-high scoring performance, Gottschall posted three draw controls. Bombard, Hedges, and Raugei each recorded one goal and an assist for the Lyons. Bianca Young led the defense with five groundballs and four caused turnovers while Bombard contributed four groundballs and two caused turnovers. Hedges chipped in four draw controls as Jeanmarie Peterson stopped seven shots.