April 23, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the inaugural meeting between both programs, MIT emerged with a 17-11 win over the University of Redlands in a non-conference women's lacrosse tilt on Thursday. The victory raised the Engineers' ledger to 11-4 on the year as they eclipsed the previous standard for wins in a season which was set in 1995. Samantha O'Keefe and Edith Reshef powered MIT's attack with seven and six goals, respectively. Christy Smith paced the Bulldogs (6-6) with three goals and an assist.
Redlands raced out to a 5-1 lead after 7:23 elapsed in the opening frame. Following 10 minutes of scoreless play, a free-position shot by Reshef ignited a 6-1 run which put the Cardinal and Gray ahead, 7-6, at the 5:14 mark. Megan Prickett notched the equalizer 23 seconds later, however, MIT countered with two goals during the final 27 seconds of the half. Casey Flynn recorded an unassisted marker and then set up O'Keefe to give the hosts a 9-7 edge at the break.
Haley Kern's solo effort early in the second stanza brought the Bulldogs within one, but the Engineers posted three straight goals in a span of 1:26 to extend their lead to 12-8. An extra-man goal by Liza Gray and a free-position strike from Smith cut Redlands' deficit in half (12-10) with 18:37 left to play. An unassisted goal from Erica Little and a blast by O'Keefe that was set up by Lynne Tye gave MIT some breathing room. Another free-position shot from Smith brought the Bulldogs within three (14-11) with 13:56 remaining. Back-to-back goals from Reshef and a solo effort by O'Keefe thwarted any hopes of a late rally for Redlands.
Flynn finished with two goals and two assists as Little totaled two goals and three draw controls for the Engineers. Lauren Rodda led the defense with four groundballs and two caused turnovers while Reshef added three groundballs. Tye registered a game-high six draw controls as Stephanie Brenman notched four of her own. In net, Molly McCartin collected seven saves.
Lauren Matta recorded a hat-trick and three draw controls while Gray paced the Bulldogs with four draw controls and three groundballs. Julia Chope contributed two groundballs as Smith tacked on two draw controls. Katrina Hostak amassed 13 saves in net.
MIT will wrap up regular-season play on Saturday, April 25 when it hosts NEWMAC foe Wellesley College. Redlands returns to the West coast for a road game at Whittier College on Monday, April 27.