CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Anna Teruya's blast from the top of the circle found the back of the net with just 7:41 remaining to break a one-all tie and lead MIT to a thrilling victory over UMass-Dartmouth in non-conference field hockey action Saturday afternoon at Jack Barry Field. With the win the Engineers improve to 3-0, the program's best start since 1997. The Corsairs fall to 0-1 on the year.
UMass struck first, as Becca Festinger fed Stephanie Kinchla just 3:30 into the game to give the visitors the early advantage. The Corsairs would also threaten midway through the period, forcing MIT goalkeeper Keri Dixon to make a pair of saves in a span of 30 seconds.
The Cardinal and Grey had little success generating offense for most of the period, managing just one shot in the game's first 25 minutes. That quickly changed as freshman Kimberly Barker was able to break through with the equalizer with 9:19 to go in the half, sending the teams to the locker room knotted at one.
After being outshot, 5-2, in the first stanza, the momentum shifted to the Engineers' side in the second, as they had a number of chances at the go-ahead goal, the best of which came with 14:45 to go. Molly McShane had her shot saved by Seana Golden and a tip by Katie Kauffman deflected just wide of the net. The teams appeared to be headed to overtime until Tech earned a penalty corner chance with 8:05 showing on the clock. Kameron Klauber entered the ball to Teruya, who fired the ball past Golden for the game-winner.
Tech held a 10-8 advantage in shots for the game. Dixon earned her third straight win in net, making two saves, while Golden had four saves in the losing effort.
MIT continues its homestand Tuesday, September 8, hosting Lasell at 4:00 p.m. The Corsairs will return home to face another New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent, Clark, at 7:00 p.m.