Mount Holyoke Records Come-From-Behind Win Over MIT

Junior Molly McShane
Junior Molly McShane

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Mount Holyoke College tallied 11 unanswered goals en route to a 17-11 win over MIT in a NEWMAC women's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon. Senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) compiled a game-high six goals along with four groundballs and two draw controls for the Engineers. Junior Molly McDonald (Milton, Mass.) paced the Lyons with five goals.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as it featured three lead changes. Mount Holyoke opened the game with two straight goals which was followed by three in a row from Kauffman. Two McDonald markers sandwiched a free-position shot from senior Hilary Bombard (Northampton, Mass.), giving the visitors a 5-3 lead at the 18:58 mark. Both sides exchanged goals during the next two minutes, preserving the two-goal margin.

A Kauffman free-position strike sparked a 6-0 run which put MIT in front, 10-6. Kauffman tacked on two more goals during the spurt while junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) added two of her own. Sophomore Erica Du's (Excelsior, Minn.) free-position goal capped the spree with 2:48 left in the half. Just over a minute later, sophomore Naomi Miller's (Augusta, Maine) free-position blast began Mount Holyoke's came-changing run as classmate Liz Randolph (Southbury, Conn.) narrowed the gap to 10-8 right before the intermission.

The Lyons carried the momentum into the second stanza as they rattled of nine straight goals to capture the victory. McDonald, senior Alex Crean (West Hartford, Conn.), and sophomore Brianne Phelan (Quincy, Mass.) each contributed two goals towards the rally. During that span, the Engineers were outshot 17-7 and their lone goal of the half came from junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) with 49 seconds remaining.

McShane led the defense with six groundballs and added two draw controls for the Cardinal and Gray. Sophomore Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) registered seven saves and three groundballs in the loss.

Crean and Phelan both finished with hat-tricks as Randolph totaled two goals, one assist, four groundballs, and three draw controls. Freshman Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn.) notched two goals and five draw controls while Bombard tacked on five draw controls. Sophomore Annabel Barrett (Williamstown, Mass.) recorded five groundballs and three caused turnovers. In net, junior Jamie Theophilos (Hinsdale, Ill.) collected four saves in the first 17 minutes of action while classmate Liz Malenfant (Nantucket, Mass.) closed the game with five stops.

Next up for MIT (1-9, 0-2 NEWMAC) will be a road game at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, April 7. Mount Holyoke (5-3, 1-1 NEWMAC) continues its road trip on Tuesday, April 3 when it visits Skidmore College.