MIT Collects First NEWMAC Tourney Win with 13-12 Thriller Over Wheaton
April 30, 2008
Wheaton College Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - Samantha O'Keefe tallied the game's last two goals during a 10.7-second span in the final 43 seconds of action, leading the fifth-seeded MIT women's lacrosse team to its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament win, edging fourth seed and host Wheaton College, 13-12, in the first round on Wednesday.
The Lyons finished their season at 7-10, while the 5-7 Engineers, who hadn't advanced to a conference tournament semifinal since 1995, will travel to nationally-ranked Babson College to take on the top-seeded Beavers on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
A trio of 3-0 spurts, two by the hosts and one by MIT, pushed Wheaton out to a 6-3 advantage 17:56 into play, as Sara Dimick and Meredith Hurd scored twice apiece. Trailing 7-4 with under three minutes to play before the break, the Engineers strung together three quick goals in 2:31 to knot the contest heading into the half. Casey Flynn converted a feed from Erica Little to start the spurt as Molly McCartin and Laura Watson found the back of the net at with 1:31 and 12 seconds remaining, respectively.
The Lyons began the second stanza with two goals over the first 10:43 of action, but Flynn connected on a feed from Kelly Duncan at 15:38 to cut the gap to one. Caitlin Grant and Hurd notched goals 1:15 apart to extend the Wheaton lead to 11-8 before MIT rallied with three straight goals and five of the game's final six. Flynn earned back-to-back assists on goals by Little and Stephanie Brenman while Little evened the contest at 11 with 5:48 on the clock. Exactly 2:50 later, Dimick gave the Lyons the lead for the last time.
Dimick, Grant and Hurd each finished with a hat trick, with Dimick also assisting a goal, while Madeline Williams added a tally and an assist. Freshman goalie Annalisa Carson was solid between the pipes with 14 saves.
O'Keefe led all scorers with four goals to go alongside one assist, while Flynn finished with five points on two tallies and a trio of helpers. Little had a hat trick and one assist as Watson posted five draw controls, three groundballs, three caused turnovers, and two goals. In net, Monique Squiers made four saves.