CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) scored two goals and assisted on MIT's third en route to a 3-0 victory over Smith College in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal game on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers (14-4) will take on nationally-ranked No. 16 Mount Holyoke College in semifinal action slated for Saturday, Nov. 9 at Wellesley College. The Pioneers, meanwhile, saw their season close with a ledger of 11-8.
The early stages were a back-and-forth affair as both sides had numerous chances to get on the board. MIT ended the stalemate with 21:50 on the clock when junior Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) stole the ball on the far side and sent a line drive into the arc where Duffy redirected it to the near post. Exactly 44 seconds later, the Engineers increased their lead to 2-0 after a flurry of activity in front the cage which resulted in Duffy knocking in a feed from junior Caitlin Mackey (San Diego, Calif.).
MIT continued to attack, generating four shots, three of which were on goal as junior Kristen Estes (Falmouth, Mass.) earned a defensive save on Dethy's bid. Shortly thereafter, the Engineers were awarded a penalty corner that produced their third goal of the night in the 25th minute. Following Duffy's insertion to the top of the arc, senior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) sent a blast that went untouched to the near post.
In the second stanza, Smith started to find its rhythm on the offensive end as it was awarded a pair of penalty corners. However, shots by seniors Allie Stein (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Alexa DeJesus (Somerset, Mass.) were stopped by the Cardinal and Gray. MIT controlled the action for the majority of the half but could not add to its lead. The Pioneers made a surge during the final 14 minutes of regulation in an attempt to end the shutout, registering three penalty corners and tallying five shots, but MIT's defense stood its ground.
In net, sophomore Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) posted four saves for MIT, including three late in the game. On the other end, sophomore Maddi Wyda (Baltimore, Md.) turned away nine shots for Smith.