Oleinik Breaks Program Scoring Record as MIT Downs Fellow NEWMAC Unbeaten Wheaton, 3-1
REHOBOTH, Mass. – Senior Jessica Oleinik scored twice to become the program's all-time goals leader, as the MIT field hockey team moved past Wheaton College, 3-1, in a battle of conference unbeatens on Saturday afternoon. Oleinik now has 43 career tallies, one more than Stephanie Maifert, who played from 1994-97. The Engineers improved to 12-1 with the win and remain perfect in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, at 5-0. The loss was the first for the Lyons in nine games as they fall to 10-3 (4-1 NEWMAC).
Kameron Klauber put Tech on the board early with an unassisted marker just eight and a half minutes into the contest. The goal was her 14th of the campaign, good for the team lead. Oleinik would increase the MIT lead later in the frame, tying Maifert's mark with 11:53 to go in the first.
Jessica Strock dented the scoring column for the hosts just 27 seconds later, with her team-high 16th goal of the season, to send the teams into the locker room separated by just one score. The Lyons held a 12-5 edge in shots and 4-1 advantage in corners in the stanza.
The Cardinal and Gray wasted no time adding an insurance tally in the second half as Oleinik put her name in the record book just 13 seconds in with help from Klauber. The Engineers kept pressure on the Wheaton defense throughout the period, peppering goalkeeper Ellie Massengill with 11 second-half shots. Keri Dixon made four of her eight stops in the second to preserve the win.
MIT now sits in a two-way tie atop the NEWMAC standings with Babson College at 5-0. Those teams will meet in the regular season finale on October 30 at Jack Barry Field.
Tech hosts Daniel Webster College in a non-conference match-up on Thursday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. Wheaton will travel to Bowdoin College tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.