SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A solid defensive performance coupled with a second-half goal was all MIT needed in its 1-0 victory over Springfield College in a NEWMAC field hockey game on Saturday morning. Senior Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) provided the lone marker that was set up by sophomore Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.). Sophomore goalie Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio) stopped the only shot on goal she faced in her second career shutout as the Engineers improved to 12-2 on the year and 5-1 in conference play.
MIT controlled the first half as it registered a 14-0 advantage in shots and a 10-0 margin in penalty corners. Freshman goalie Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) kept the Pride in the game as she racked up 10 saves in the opening frame.
The Engineers continued to attack and eventually broke through in the 42nd minute. Freshman Siobhan Rigby (Richmond, Va.) took a penalty corner that led to a shot by senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) which was stopped by Villa. Dethy corralled the rebound and sent a cross past Villa's outstretched stick where Barker poked in the game-winner at the back post.
Springfield responded with two penalty corners and a shot that was blocked, marking its first offensive charge of the day. The game became a back-and-forth affair as junior Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) put the Pride's only shot on net with 16:13 left to play. The hosts were awarded three penalty corners down the stretch but they could not record the equalizer. MIT nearly tacked on an insurance goal with 1:16 on the clock; however, Villa denied a bid by McShane.
MIT begins a three-game homestand on Tuesday, Oct. 16 against NEWMAC rival Wheaton College.