Wacker Leads MIT in Loss at Wellesley

Junior Laura Wacker
Junior Laura Wacker

WELLESLEY, Mass. – A 7-2 run that spanned the majority of the second half lifted Wellesley College to a 22-14 win over MIT in a NEWMAC women's lacrosse game on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Laura Wacker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) compiled four goals, three assists, four draw controls, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers for the Engineers.

The hosts opened the scoring after 33 seconds elapsed but MIT responded with four unanswered goals. Senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) started things with back-to-back tallies which were followed by a strike from freshman Emma Kane (Garden City, N.Y.). She then found Wacker for her second point of the game as she assisted Kauffman's first goal. The Blue replied with its own four-goal spurt to go ahead, 5-4, with 12:34 on the clock.

Wacker found the back of the net off the ensuing draw; however, Wellesley generated a 4-1 run during the next five minutes to reclaim the advantage. Kauffman narrowed the gap to two (9-7) with 4:06 left, but an exchange of goals capped by a free-position strike gave the Blue an 11-8 edge at the break.

Like the first half, the Blue wasted little time in getting on the board as it increased its lead after 27 seconds elapsed in the second stanza. Markers by senior Anna Teruya (Hockessin, Del.) and freshman Lyndsy Muri (Ashland, Mass.) kept MIT close, but Wellesley countered with three consecutive goals. Two quick strikes by Wacker trimmed the deficit to three (15-12) at the 18:42 mark; however, the Blue's game-ending run was ignited after the next draw.

Kauffman finished with four goals, eight draw controls, and two caused turnovers as junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) tallied one goal, three draw controls, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Muri contributed two goals and an assist as Kane notched one goal and one assist. Junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) rounded out the scoring with a goal while freshman Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) collected four groundballs. In net, sophomore Sarah Ritter (The Woodlands, Texas) racked up 12 saves.

MIT (2-10, 0-3 NEWMAC) continues its road trip on Thursday, April 12 at Keene State College.