October 8, 2013

Teplensky Hat-trick Leads MIT Past Wheaton, 4-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind the strength of a natural hat-trick by senior Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.), the No. 18 MIT field hockey team defeated Wheaton College, 4-1, in a NEWMAC game on Tuesday night. Senior Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine) provided the lone marker for the Lyons who saw their ledger move to 4-9 on the year and 0-4 in conference play.

MIT (10-1, 3-0 NEWMAC) opened the scoring after 2:16 elapsed in the contest. Following a penalty corner, junior Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) chipped the ball up which Teplensky batted down towards the middle of the cage. Wheaton almost tallied the equalizer two minutes later when junior Sarah McNicholas (Boxboro, Mass.) picked up a turnover in the Engineers' defensive end. She found herself in a 1-on-3 situation but the attempt was thwarted by MIT junior Diane Kim (Acton, Mass.) at the last second.

Despite solid play by the Lyons' defense just outside of the arc, junior Caitlin Mackey (San Diego, Calif.) intercepted a pass and quickly sent it to Teplensky for her second goal of the night in the 11th minute. Wheaton's back line continued to stymie the Engineers' attack and eventually produced a bid by Chick that resulted in MIT sophomore goalie Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) making a diving stick-save. The loose ball stayed within the arc but the visitors couldn't put another attempt on net.

The game became a back-and-forth affair until the Engineers capped the first-half scoring in the 29th minute. Courtesy of the Cardinal and Gray's sixth penalty corner of the frame, feeds from freshman Jane Coffrin (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Dethy helped Teplensky record the first hat-trick of her career.

Coming out of the intermission, Wheaton generated four penalty corners and two shots but it was the hosts who found the back of the net. MIT capitalized on its own penalty corner in the 40th minute when sophomore Siobhan Rigby (Richmond, Va.) sent a blast from the far side after being set up by Coffrin and freshman Emma Valentine (Endwell, N.Y.).

The Lyons almost got on the board midway through the second half when a feed in front of the goal rolled past Kyritsis. Facing a wide open near post, senior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass.) pursued the loose ball but couldn't put a stick on it. Wheaton ended the shutout attempt during a counterattack with 8:02 left to play as Chick redirected a pass from freshman Amelia Gage (Lebanon, N.H.).

In net, Kyritsis collected three saves in 62 minutes while sophomore Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) turned away two shots in relief. For the Lyons, senior Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass.) played the first half and did not make a save as junior Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass.) closed out the game with five stops.

Both squads will face league foe Clark University in their next outing. MIT will host the Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 12 while Wheaton will make the trip to Worcester, Mass. the following Saturday.