September 24, 2011

Tech Picks up First Conference Win with 4-2 Defeat of Springfield

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's three leadings scorers, Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.), Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) all found the back of the net in the first half of a 4-2 win over Springfield College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey play Saturday. The Pride would get as close as two midway through the second half but were not able to complete the comeback, falling to 0-5 on the year and 0-1 in league play. The win was the first for the Engineers in the NEWMAC and they improve to 8-2 overall.

Barker put the Cardinal and Gray ahead early with her sixth tally of the year less than seven minutes into the contest. Duffy gathered a rebound near the right post and sent it toward the net where Barker was able to finish the job.

Duffy picked up her team leading 12th goal of the year just two minutes later, on a beautiful feed from Klauber. Klauber then got in on the act midway through the frame with an unassisted marker, to put Tech up 3-0, an advantage it would take into the locker room.

Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) extended the lead early in the second half, pushing one home after a frantic scramble in front of the Springfield goal.

The Pride would not go down without a fight, however, netting a pair of goals within five minutes to cut the deficit in half. Lynne Donoghue (Barnstable, Mass.) scored off her own rebound with 23:18 to go. Donoghue then assisted on Liz Hurley's (Holden, Mass.) marker with a hard blast into the circle that Hurley redirected past MIT goalkeeper Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio).

The MIT defense stood tall down the stretch, negating a 10-minute penalty while Klein also made three huge stops in the final minutes.

The Engineers will be back in action on Tuesday, September 27 when they host Endicott College on Jack Barry Field at 6:00 p.m. in a non-conference tilt. Springfield will host Cortland St. tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m.