CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four different MIT players found the scoring column during a 5-0 win over visiting WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action, on a windy and rainy Tuesday night in Cambridge. The victory is the 11th of the season for Engineers and gives them a share of first place in the NEWMAC at 3-1. WPI falls for just the third time this season (8-3) and first time in league play (2-1).
The host Cardinal and Gray was able to convert on its first two penalty corner opportunities of the game, taking an early 2-0 lead over the visiting Engineers. Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) was the first to find the back of the net, as the junior gathered a rebound and converted for her seventh tally of the year, just 1:18 into the contest.
Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.) added a second marker on nearly an identical play to Teruya's opening goal. Klauber's initial shot off the corner insertion was denied by WPI goalkeeper, Liz Dufresne (Worcester, Mass.), but she would not be denied on her second attempt.
Leading scorer, Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.), picked up the scoring after the break, with a tremendous individual effort to put the host Engineers on top, 3-0. Duffy split two WPI defenders before sliding a shot past Dufresne. Klauber's second goal would come just over 11 minutes later, again with MIT capitalizing on one of its 13 penalty corners on the night.
Jenny Shen (Sunnyvale, Calif.) completed the scoring for the Cambridge version of the Engineers with her first career tally late in the game.
WPI's best scoring chance came early in the second half. Trailing by just two at that point, Celena Dopart (Washington, D.C.) found herself one-on-one with MIT keeper, Casey Landry (Peabody, Mass.), but the senior's shot rang off the post and Landry kicked away the ensuing loose ball.
Dufresne did an excellent job keeping WPI within striking distance for most of the game, making nine saves, as the sophomore was peppered with 26 shots, including 15 on goal by the hosts. Landry picked up her 10th win of the season for MIT, making a pair of saves in just over 45 minutes of action.
Both teams will continue with NEWMAC play on Saturday, October 8. MIT will host Wheaton College on Jack Barry Field at 1:00 p.m. WPI will welcome Springfield College for a 12:00 p.m. start.