The MIT women's lacrosse team beat Keene State College 9-6 on Tuesday for their first win of the season.
Casey M. Flynn '10 led all scorers with six points, including five goals, as the Engineers improved to 1-1 on the year. Michelle Mazzotta and Dene Tully each scored twice for the Owls (0-1).
Mazzotta opened the scoring 2:08 into the contest with an unassisted strike. Flynn tied the game five minutes later and then connected on a feed from Lily He '09 to give MIT the lead at 18:34. Just over a minute later, the Owls' Lanaya Nelson evened the score at two.
The Engineers responded with three unanswered goals in a span of four minutes to open up a 5-2 lead. Flynn started the spurt, which was followed by a free position goal from Laura C. Watson '08 and a shot from He that trickled into the net.
Mazzotta narrowed the Owls' deficit to two (5-3) with 11:38 remaining in the half before Flynn contributed to MIT's final goals of the frame as she set up Watson and then converted a free position attempt for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Flynn carried the momentum into the second half as she gave the Engineers their largest lead of the day, 8-3, after 26 seconds elapsed. On the ensuing draw control, Keene State's Tully registered the first goal of her career. The game was scoreless from there until Meagan Moran's goal with 21:12 left on the clock. The Owls closed the gap to two (8-6) three minutes later on Tully's second goal of half.
A defensive battle ensued for the remainder of the game until He set up Samantha F. O'Keefe '09 for an insurance goal with 27 seconds left to play.
Watson picked up a team-high five groundballs to go along with three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Ming Leong '09, He, and O'Keefe each added three groundballs as Flynn totaled three draw controls. Goaltender HeeJay Kang '07 collected 11 saves for the Engineers.
MIT will travel to West Palm Beach for spring break matches against Hartwick College and SUNY Potsdam on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27.