October 24, 2009

Barker's Hat Trick Keys MIT Victory Over Mount Holyoke

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Kimberly Barker recorded her first career hat trick while senior Ekavali Mishra added a goal and three assists as MIT downed Mount Holyoke, 7-1, in a key New England Women's and Men's Atheltic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey match-up Saturday. With the win the Engineers (13-4) improve to 4-3 in NEWMAC play and move into a four-way tie for third place, with one league game remaining. The loss drops the Lyons' ledger to 9-7 overall and 4-4 in the NEWMAC, as they closed out their conference slate today.

The Cardinal and Grey struck early with a pair of goals in the game's first five minutes. Anna Teruya opened up the scoring just over three minutes in with a blast from the top of the circle off of a penalty corner. Barker would double the lead two minutes later, gathering the rebound and pushing it home for her 13th of the season. The freshman converted another second-chance opportunity later in the frame, as each of MIT's first three scores was the result of a penalty corner. Mishra earned her second assist with an excellent feed to set up a marker by Molly McShane. Barker completed her offensive outburst late in the period to send the Engineers into the half up 5-0.

Playing in the final regular season home game of her career, Mishra notched her first goal of the season 10 minutes into the second stanza. After yet another of MIT's 12 penalty corners, the senior co-captain redirected Teruya's shot  past Mount Holyoke goalkeeper Katie Gibson. Katie Kauffman rounded out the scoring for the hosts with her fifth of the season. Maddy Starbranch helped the Lyons avoid the shutout with an unassisted marker in the final minutes.

The Cardinal and Grey outshot Mount Holyoke 21-18 and held a decisive 12-9 advantage in penalty corners. Five of Tech's seven goals came as a direct result of a corner.

Keri Dixon picked up her 13th win of the season, stopping seven shots. Gibson made eight saves in the losing effort.

MIT will close out its regular season Tuesday night at Clark at 7:00 p.m. in a crucial game for positioning in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament, which begins next Saturday, October 31. The Lyons' regular season is complete and they will await their First Round NEWMAC Tournament opponent.