WELLESLEY, Mass. – In a battle of undefeated NEWMAC rivals, No. 13 Wellesley College tallied three second-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over No. 19 MIT in field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) posted the lone marker for the Engineers as their ledger moved to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in conference action.
The first half was a defensive battle as the majority of the action occurred in the midfield. Both squads made several deep runs into their offensive zones which resulted in a total of two shots and two penalty corners. The Blue ended the stalemate with 2:28 left in the frame when a pass from the near post was knocked in at the far post.
Wellesley controlled play in the second stanza as it generated four penalty corners and eight shots, five of which were on goal, before increasing its lead to 2-0 in the 46th minute. The Blue pressed on with a penalty corner that was matched by MIT only to see senior Erin Kenney's (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) shot turned away.
Wellesley was awarded a penalty corner on its next trip downfield that eventually resulted in its third goal in the 51st minute. The hosts continued to attack, recording their final goal six minutes later. The Engineers denied the Blue the shutout when Teplensky capitalized on a Wellesley turnover in its defensive zone for the unassisted marker with 6:57 left to play.
In net, sophomore Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) totaled five saves in 63 minutes while classmate Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) made four stops to close out the game. Sophomore Laila Shehata (Bethesda, Md.) bolstered MIT's back line with a defensive save.
Next up for the Engineers will be another nationally-ranked opponent in NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College as they will host the No. 18 Lyons on Saturday, Oct. 26.