Oct. 25, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tech freshman Alisha Lussiez stole the show on MIT’s Senior Day. Assisting on the Engineers’ first two goals, Lussiez capped the scoring with a beautiful individual effort as MIT defeated Mount Holyoke College, 4-2.
Playing in front of its largest crowd of the season, MIT (5-8-2, 3-3-2 NEWMAC) grabbed an early advantage in the pivotal conference tilt with a goal in the 12th minute. Lussiez set-up the finish with a pass to sophomore Edith Reshef, who converted her second goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.
The Engineers extended their lead in the 30th minute as Lussiez delivered a great through ball that was picked up by sophomore Claire DeRosa, who turned her first goal of the campaign into a 2-0 lead for the Cardinal and Gray. Mount Holyoke (5-11-0, 2-6-0) managed some pressure late in the frame, including a near-goal by sophomore Yuko Takahashi, but MIT goalkeeper Stephanie Brenman made a strong challenge to deny the threat as MIT kept the Lyons off the board for the first half.
Junior Perry Markell sliced the deficit in half by getting Mount Holyoke on the board in the 62nd minute. Scoring from just outside the box, the unassisted marker rejuvenated the Lyons’ attack and set the stage for a wild finish.
Although Mount Holyoke had several chances to knock home the equalizer, MIT secured some much-needed breathing room as Katie Pesce scored her first marker of the year in the 73rd minute. Pesce’s blast from 35 yards out sailed over the head of Lyons’ netminder Elaine Harvey as the Engineers moved ahead, 3-1.
Mount Holyoke closed the deficit back to a single goal after rookie Emily Lomax scored her first career goal in the 85th minute off a pass from Takahashi. With MHC once again searching for the equalizer, MIT’s Lussiez sealed the Senior Day victory by dribbling through two defenders en route to her team-leading seventh goal of the season with 39 seconds left in regulation.
MIT outshot Mount Holyoke, 11-6, while receiving scoring opportunities from seven different players. Brenman made three saves for MIT while Harvey closed with six saves for the Lyons.
Prior to Saturday’s game, MIT Chancellor Phillip Clay and Director of Athletics Julie Soriero led a dedication of MIT’s new playing surface, Roberts Field.