September 1, 2011

Field Hockey Downs New England College, 8-1, in Season Opener

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Senior Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.) racked up a game-high five points on two goals and an assist in MIT's 8-1 victory over New England College in a non-conference field hockey game on Thursday afternoon. The Engineers, making their debut on the recently renovated Jack Barry Field, recorded their third straight season-opening win against the Pilgrims (0-1). Emily Kuchta provided the lone goal for the visitors.

In the 11th minute, a shot by senior Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) was turned away by NEC goalie Courtney Duquette. However, junior Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) gathered the rebound and found Klauber for the quick strike. In her intercollegiate debut, a solo effort by freshman Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) registered what proved to be the game-winning goal five minutes later. Barker finished off a pass from Klauber in the 22nd minute which was followed by Klauber putting in the rebound of her first attempt into the net with 10 seconds remaining in the half.

Jennifer Adams almost put the Pilgrims on the board three times late in the opening frame, but two defensive saves by sophomore Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) and one from senior Anna Teruya (Hockessin, Del.) preserved the hosts' 4-0 advantage.

MIT quickly increased its margin in the second stanza as sophomore Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) converted a feed from Kauffman. Successful penalty strokes by Teruya and Dethy resulted in a commanding 7-0 lead with 24 minutes left to play. The Pilgrims ended the shutout on their next trip down the field when Kristen O'Connell sent a ball across the front of the goal that was tapped in by Kuchta. The Engineers wrapped up the scoring in the 54th minute when Duffy redirected a pass from freshman Rebecca Zhang (Berwyn, Pa.).

In net for MIT, sophomore Casey Landry (Peabody, Mass.) made three saves in 53 minutes while freshman Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio) finished out the game with four stops. Duquette collected 13 saves in 55 minutes for NEC as Molly Wilcox turned away two shots in relief. Alicia Bartosik bolstered the Pilgrims' back line with a defensive save with less than seven minutes remaining.

Both squads return to action on Saturday, Sept. 3. MIT will travel to UMass Dartmouth while NEC will host Clark University.