Sept. 23, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT field hockey team kicked off New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play in dramatic fashion on Saturday as Lauren McCarthy tallied two goals, including the game-winner with 1:09 left to play, to give the Engineers a 2-1 win over Smith College. MIT's record improved to 4-4 on the year and 1-0 in conference action while the Pioneers fell to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Rebecca Capute put Smith on the scoreboard 9:34 into the contest when she registered an unassisted fast-break goal. Although it was the Pioneers' only shot on goal in the opening frame, it was enough as they entered the intermission with the one-goal edge.
McCarthy ended the shutout five minutes into the second half by converting a feed from Cristina Stefanescu. Both teams had numerous chances to break the tie down the stretch, but it was McCarthy's redirection of a Sharon Prange strike from outside the arc that lifted the Engineers to the win. The Pioneers continued to attack, but MIT's defense thwarted any last second scoring attempts.
In goal, Alexa Herman collected four saves for the Engineers while Margaret Winter made five stops for the Pioneers.
Both squads will return to non-conference play on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 26 with MIT traveling to Gordon College and Smith making the trip to Nichols College.