KEENE, N.H. – Keene State College scored 1:54 into overtime and turned away a pair of MIT free-position shots to hold on for a 13-12 non-conference women's lacrosse victory on Thursday night. Sophomore Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn.) led all players with seven goals and added three draw controls for the Engineers, whose ledger lowered to 7-3 on the year.
The Owls generated three goals in the first nine minutes of the game while Schott put MIT on the board 50 seconds later. Keene State increased its margin to 4-1 at the 16:16 mark but the Engineers responded with a 5-1 run to go ahead by a goal at halftime. Schott's free-position marker with 14:38 on the clock started the rally and after some back-and-forth play, freshman Hannah Levy (Yardley, Pa.) ended the stalemate with 5:02 to go.
The Owls quickly found the back of net, moving the score to 5-3. MIT replied with sophomore Kristyn Berretta (San Diego, Calif.), Schott, and sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) burying free-position goals to take a 6-5 edge with 1:05 left before the intermission. The visitors almost extended their lead but DiDio's free-position attempt with seven ticks remaining was stopped.
The second stanza was closely played as it featured six ties and three lead changes. Keene State scored twice during the first 10 minutes of the frame but Schott converted a free-position shot to even the score at seven midway through the half. The hosts went in front at 14:07; however, the Engineers generated back-to-back goals to go up 9-8 in a span of 3:29. Freshman Keeley Erhardt (Ann Arbor, Mich.) found DiDio for the equalizer while Schott recorded an unassisted marker.
The Owls won the ensuing draw and went directly to net, taking 29 seconds off the clock. MIT then established an 11-9 cushion on the strength of Schott's goals with 8:11 and 6:44 left to play. Keene State matched the scoring effort, creating a deadlock with 3:02 on the clock. Berretta came up with the draw control which resulted in a trio of free-position attempts but two shots were off the mark while the third was saved. The Owls charged down the field, and after a missed free-position bid, they found the back of the net to take a 12-11 lead with 55 seconds to go.
Senior Erin Kenney (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) secured the ball after the draw leading to a shot by Schott that was stopped with 25 seconds on the clock. During Keene State's clearing attempt, MIT's defense stopped the ball at midfield and pushed it back into a corner where freshman Tate DeWeese (Towson, Md.) came up with the groundball. A foul resulted in a free-position attempt for Berretta with 14 seconds remaining but her bid was saved. In her pursuit of the loose ball, she was awarded another free-position shot which she converted with three seconds left and sent the game into overtime.
The Owls gained possession at the beginning of the extra session and put up two shots before registering what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 4:06 mark. Keene State almost increased its cushion a minute later but junior goalie Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.) came up with the save. After changing ends, Schott saw her free-position attempt get denied with 2:12 to go. A turnover by the Owls gave the Engineers one more chance to extend the game; however, Schott's free-position shot with 18 seconds remaining was saved.
DiDio finished with two goals, four draw controls, and two groundballs as Berretta posted two goals, two draw controls, and a caused turnover. Sophomore Christine Jiang (Canton, Mich.) tacked on two draw controls while Kaplan tallied nine saves.
Next up for MIT will be a home game against NEWMAC rival Smith College on Saturday, April 5.