WORCESTER, Mass. – The MIT field hockey team opened New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Clark University, falling to the host Cougars, 4-1. The loss was the second on the year for the Engineers, who are now 6-2 overall. Clark improves to 5-1 after winnings its league opener.
Meghan Lennon (Charlton, Mass.) put the Cougars ahead early, finding the back of the net just over six minutes into the game. Mel Melkonian (Worcester, Mass.) then added the first of her three tallies to put Clark on top 2-0 with less than 10 minutes gone by.
Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) cut the deficit in half midway through the first stanza with an assist from Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.). Melkonian would put Clark back ahead by two shortly after to negate Wharton's tally.
Casey Landry (Peabody, Mass.) made six saves but allowed four goals in net for the Engineers while seeing over 55 minutes of action. MIT had advantages in both shots (17-10) and corners (16-2) but were unable to capitalize beyond Wharton's lone marker.
Tech will take a brief foray back into non-conference play on Wednesday, September 21 with a trip to Nichols College, site of the Engineers' 2009 NCAA tournament opening round win. MIT and the host Bison will square off at 7:00 p.m. Clark will take on Western New England University on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.