CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing in her final game on Jack Barry Field, senior Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.) put on a dazzling offensive display, scoring five goals and adding an assist, as MIT defeated Husson University, 7-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division III field hockey championship on Wednesday night. With the win, the Engineers (18-3) advance to the second round of the postseason for the second time in three years. Husson, who was making its third straight postseason appearance, sees its season come to an end at 11-9, after a thrilling run through the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tournament.
MIT will travel to Bowdoin College for its second round contest against Denison University on Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Klauber wasted little time in getting Tech on the board, netting her 20th marker of the year less than 10 minutes into the game. Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) stole a Husson pass at midfield and fed the ball into the circle, where Klauber was waiting to push it home past Husson goalkeeper Kristen Capen (Leeds, Maine).
Klauber would increase the MIT lead just over four minutes later, as she tipped a Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) pass out of mid-air and into the back of the net. The senior completed her natural hat trick with an unassisted tally later in the frame.
Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) scored late in the period to send MIT into the half with a 4-0 advantage.
Klauber continued where she left off in the second half, scoring and assisting on a pair of goals within 1:12 of each other. The senior would not even let the final horn stop her from scoring, as she tied the MIT record for a single game with her fifth tally, off a penalty corner after time had expired. The goal was the 24th of the year for Klauber, as she retook possession of the Institute record for a single season from teammate Duffy, who has 23 tallies.
The Eagles had a number of chances to get into the scoring column in the second half, earning 11 penalty corners, including six after the break. However, Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio) helped preserve the shutout with four second-half stops in goal for Tech.
Capen provided a valiant effort in net for Husson, as the junior keeper faced 36 shots on the night, and made 15 saves in the loss.
MIT will look to advance past the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. In 2009, the Engineers defeated Nichols College in the opening round before falling to eventual national-semifinalist Tufts University.
Denison, the champions of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), enters the game with an overall record of 18-1 and are the eighth overall seed in the tournament. In the other regional semifinal on Saturday, the host and top-seeded Polar Bears will take on Keene State University at 11:00 a.m. The winners will square off for the right to move on to the Final Four on Sunday afternoon.