September 3, 2009

Engineers Hold Off Gordon, 6-3

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Five different Engineers figured into the scoring, as MIT picked up a 6-3 win over Gordon College in non-conference field hockey action on a sunny afternoon at Jack Barry Field. Freshman Kimberly Barker led the way for the Engineers (2-0), tallying the first two goals of her intercollegiate career, along with an assist. With the loss, the Fighting Scots fell to 0-2 on the season.

The Cardinal and Grey jumped out to an early advantage with three goals in the game's first 10 minutes. Katie Kauffman was the first to find the back of the net with help from Barker, just 4:47 in. Barker added a goal of her own just over three minutes later. The MIT lead would grow to 3-0 on Danielle Smith's impressive individual effort on an unassisted marker. Jessica Oleinik added a rebound goal, her team-leading fifth of the season, after Kauffman's shot was initially stopped by goalie Arielle Cimino.

Gordon began slicing into the deficit toward the end of the first half, as Samantha Neverett the visitors on the board with just under five minutes remaining in the stanza. Veronica Pierce scored her first of two tallies early in the second to pull the Fighting Scots within two.

Barker, however, would quickly kill the visitors' momentum with a breakaway goal just two and a half minutes later. Anna Teruya added a measure of insurance, scoring for the third time in two games, with an assist from Nirupama Yechoor.

MIT controlled possession for much of the contest and outshot Gordon 28-7. Keri Dixon needed just two saves to pick up her second straight win in net. A pair of goalkeepers split time for the Scots. Cimino earned the loss, allowing four goals while stopping three shots. Her replacement, freshman Alicia L'Heureux, had five saves over the game's final 47 minutes.

Tech now welcomes UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. while Gordon returns home to face Wellesley College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.