No. 19 Engineers Hold off Springfield, 3-2
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Seniors Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) and Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) accounted for all of MIT's scoring in a 3-2 NEWMAC field hockey victory over Springfield College on Saturday afternoon. Teplensky produced two goals and an assist while Duffy had one goal and an assist for the nationally-ranked No. 19 Engineers (7-0, 1-0 NEWMAC).
The Pride controlled play during the early stages as it opened the scoring in the 12th minute following four penalty corners and its fifth shot. MIT responded with a pair of goals by Teplensky that gave it a lead it would not relinquish. Her first marker came off a rebound in the 16th minute while her second effort was set up by Duffy just over four minutes later. The remainder of the frame was a defensive battle as the Engineers were awarded four penalty corners but could not convert while keeping Springfield out of its offensive zone.
Faced with a new goalie in the second stanza, MIT immediately tested her with two shots on goal before the Duffy-Teplensky connection resulted in what proved to be the game-winning goal after five minutes elapsed. The momentum began to shift to the hosts following their own timeout in the 46th minute. Springfield recorded eight shots, five of which were on goal, and four penalty corners before cutting its deficit in half (3-2) with 10:53 on the clock. The Pride kept the pressure on down the stretch courtesy of a trio of penalty corners while its two attempts at tallying the equalizer were turned away by sophomore Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) with 2:59 and 1:10 remaining in regulation.
Kyritsis finished the day with six saves while the Engineers were credited with two team saves. For the game, Springfield had a 15-14 edge in shots and an 11-6 margin in penalty corners.
MIT continues its roadtrip on Thursday, Sept. 26 when it visits non-conference foe Endicott College.