WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) scored twice in the second half, lifting No. 17 MIT to a 2-0 victory over WPI in a NEWMAC field hockey game on Saturday. Senior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) and junior Caitlin Mackey (San Diego, Calif.) both earned an assist while sophomore goalie Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) did not make a save as she earned her fourth shutout of the year for the Engineers (9-0, 2-0 NEWMAC).
MIT quickly pounced on the WPI defense as it was awarded a penalty corner after 40 seconds expired. Wharton's bid at getting on the scoreboard was turned away by the WPI goalie and led to a counterattack that produced the hosts' lone shot of the game. The Engineers controlled possession for most of the frame as they generated six shots and nine penalty corners but WPI's defense withstood the attack, resulting in a scoreless affair at the intermission.
The Cardinal and Gray ended the stalemate almost five minutes into the second stanza. Following Duffy's insertion on a penalty corner, Wharton set her up for the one-timer right by the post. MIT continued to push in search of some breathing room and found success in the 59th minute. Wharton's shot on net was stopped, but Mackey corralled the rebound and sent it through the arc where Duffy tapped it in. The Engineers almost increased their margin with 5:39 left in the game, but Duffy's penalty stroke did not make it into the cage.
Next up for MIT will be a home game against No. 7 Middlebury College on Sunday, Oct. 6.