September 10, 2011

Engineers Improve to 5-0 with Win over Washington College

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Anna Teruya (Hockessin, Del.) scored twice, including once on a penalty stroke, and MIT avenged last year's loss with a 4-1 win over Washington College (Md.) in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers tallied three second-half goals to pull away from the Shorewomen (1-3) and improve to 5-0 on the season.

The two teams battled in the midfield throughout the early part of the first half, with neither squad able to generate much offensive momentum until Emily Trees (Kensington, Md.) was issued a yellow card just over nine and a half minutes into the frame. The penalty resulted in a 10-minute man advantage for the Cardinal and Gray. The Washington College defense withstood the Tech attack early on, surrendering just a pair of shots over the first nine minutes of the penalty. However, with just 55 seconds left to kill, Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) was finally able to break through and put MIT ahead, 1-0, on a terrific feed by Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.), coming out of a fastbreak. The goal was Duffy's team-leading eighth of the season.

Later in the stanza, it was the MIT defense that stood tall, as the Shorewomen received a series of penalty corners but were not able to find the back of the net. Gussie Reilly (Buck Hill Falls, Pa.) finally evened the score at one with just under two minutes remaining in the half.

The Engineers wasted little time regaining the lead as the second half got underway. Klauber found the scoring column less than six minutes into the period, taking a pass from Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) right on the doorstep and pushing it past goalkeeper Stephanie Harryman (Churchton, Md.) to put MIT back on top, 2-1.

Teruya was awarded a penalty stroke three minutes later and took advantage to give Tech a 3-1 lead. The senior then provided additional insurance with her second tally on a shot from the top of the circle after a penalty corner.

The two teams each managed 18 shots on the afternoon with Washington College holding a 15-8 edge in penalty corners. MIT goalkeeper Casey Landry (Peabody, Mass.) saw the bulk of the action in net, stopping seven shots while allowing the lone first-half goal. Harryman recorded five saves in the losing effort.

The Cardinal and Gray will look continue its strong early season play tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. contest against Johns Hopkins University. The Shorewomen open Centennial Conference play next Saturday, September 17, also hosting Hopkins at 12:00 p.m.