March 8, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s lacrosse team fell to Endicott College, 15-12, in its season-opener on Saturday afternoon. Samantha O’Keefe paced the Engineers (0-1) with four goals while Alex Pearce tallied a game-high six points on four goals and two assists for the Gulls (2-0).
Each side traded goals to start the contest as an extra-man goal by MIT’s Lynne Tye evened the score at three after 10 minutes expired. Endicott responded with six straight goals, including three by Pearce to secure the lead. The Engineers countered with two goals during the final minute of the half. O’Keefe registered a solo effort with 55 seconds on the clock before Katie Kauffman connected on a free-position shot 13 seconds later. Despite the late rally, the Gulls entered the intermission with a 9-5 advantage.
MIT quickly narrowed the gap to three on an unassisted goal by Kauffman after 21 seconds elapsed. Endicott recorded three out of the next four goals to extend its margin to five (12-7) with 19:29 remaining in the game. The Engineers responded with a 3-1 spurt of their own during the next six minutes to once again come within three (13-10). Sara Gunter and Rebecca Bushnell helped push the Gulls’ lead back to five with 1:03 on the clock. The Cardinal and Gray continued to attack with Erica Little and O’Keefe finding the back of the net at 47 and four seconds, respectively.
In addition to her team-high scoring effort, O’Keefe tacked on four draw controls. Kelly Duncan and Kauffman finished with two goals apiece as Casey Flynn notched three caused turnovers and two assists. Alex Wright and Evelyn Cordner each gathered three groundballs while Wright posted two caused turnovers. Stephanie Brenman registered three draw controls as Molly McCartin collected 10 saves.
Gunter had a solid outing for the Gulls, tallying four draw controls, two groundballs, two goals, and an assist. Feldman compiled three goals and an assist as Bushnell added two goals and an assist. Michelle Loizzo posted four draw controls while Kate Colley added three of her own. Carin Czerniawski scooped up two ground balls as Molly Hamel totaled 15 saves, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers in net.
MIT returns to action on Thursday, March 12 when it travels to Williams College. Next up for Endicott will be a home game against Colby College on Sunday, March 15.