CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse program has always tackled a difficult early-season schedule in order to prepare for the Little East Conference slate, which gets underway halfway through the regular season.
At right: Erin Conn
With the loss of seven starters from last year's team – which benefited from the rigorous early competition by peaking in time for the LEC players –the difficulty of that early March schedule has been magnified in 2014.
Tuesday, Eastern (0-4) lost by a lopsided score for the fourth straight time, surrendering the first eight goals and dropping a 17-6 non-conference decision to unbeaten MIT (4-0). It marks Eastern's worst start after four matches in eight years.
A winner by six goals in its last visit to MIT two years ago – before losing by a goal a year ago at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex – Eastern continued to struggled through the first 30 minutes. The Warriors trailed 9-2 at halftime and has now been outscored by a combined 40-4 margin in the first half this year.
Freshman midfielder Hannah Levy led the way for the Engineers with seven goals on seven shots, while senior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) paced the Warriors with four goals and six draw controls. Conn has now been credited with half of the team's 14 goals this year and 15 of its 39 draws.
MIT, which led 3-0 after three minutes, was coming off Saturday's 14-12 home victory over Roger Williams University, which will host Eastern Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Trailing 13-3, Eastern scored three straight in seven minutes midway through the second half on freshman midfielder Devyne Doran's (South Kingstown, RI) first career goal and follow-up goals by Conn minutes later, both of those goals coming on junior attack Meg Eremita's (South Windsor) first points of the year.
Senior midfielder Ashley Wolk (Barrington, RI) racked up four groundballs, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers, with freshman midfielder Karen Trescott (Somers) picking up a game-high five groundballs. Doran chipped in three groundballs, and freshman midfielder Nicole Fretz (Newington) was credited with her first career point when she assisted on Wolk's goal eight minutes into the second half. Freshman goalie Taylor Emmerson (Colchester) amassed 11 saves. -30-