CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The combination of Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) and Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.) proved to be a winning one on Tuesday night, as the duo connected on three straight goals in the first half of a 4-1 MIT victory over Gordon in non-conference field hockey action. Duffy's three scores give the sophomore 11 goals on the season, tying her for the most in all of NCAA Division III. With the win the Engineers improve to 6-1, as they prepare to enter New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday.
Klauber and Duffy wasted little time in getting the Cardinal and Gray on the board, as they would hook up for the game's first goal with just 2:29 gone by in the game. Klauber intercepted a Gordon pass and began streaking down the right side of the field. As she entered the circle, the senior fed the ball past Gordon goalkeeper, Anna Bury (Huntingtown, Md.), who had come well out of the net, to Duffy who was waiting to bang it home.
The two connected again five minutes later to put Tech ahead 2-0 less than seven and a half minutes into the contest. Duffy then completed the natural hat trick with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half, on a play almost identical to the game's first goal.
Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) added a tally for MIT midway through the second and Julie Moser (Cheltenham, Pa.) broke through for the Fighting Scots (1-5) in the game's final minutes.
Although the hosts held a 28-14 advantage in shots for the game, the Gordon defense put forward a tremendous effort, denying a number of great Tech chances at the goal line. The Fighting Scots had eight defensive saves in the contest, including six alone from freshman Gayle Watson (Harare, Zimbabwe). Bury was also impressive, making 11 saves in the losing effort, including a stop on a penalty stroke in the second half.
The Cardinal and Gray will open up league play on Saturday, September 17, traveling to Clark University for 1:00 p.m. contest. Gordon is back in action tomorrow night, hosting Rivier College at 7:00 p.m. in Wenham.