October 3, 2005

Field Hockey Comeback Over Clark Capped By Kanaga And Pan

Oct. 3, 2005

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - A week after MIT's five game winning streak was derailed by Babson College, the Engineers again found the win column with a late rally against Clark University on Saturday afternoon. In a back and forth game that had four lead changes, MIT surged late with two goals in the final 20 minutes to edge out conference rival Clark. Freshman Janet Pan and senior co-captain Noelle Kanaga provided the Engineers with timely scoring, helping the Engineers improve to 8-2 (1-1 NEWMAC) on the season.

MIT got on the board early at 61:49 when Prange dished a pass to Pan for her first goal of the season. The Cougars came right back just over a minute later to even the score. Junior Sara Rau found senior Meredith Courtemanch for the equalizer at 60:34.

After a 20 minute scoring lull, the conference rivals again exchanged goals over a two-minute span. MIT's Pan fed Noelle Kanaga for a goal and the 2-1 lead, but the Engineers let the one goal advantage slip away. At 39:14, Clark sophomore Katherine Willis evened the score at two. The game remained deadlocked heading into halftime, despite MIT's 21-9 shot advantage.

The Cougars carried the momentum into the second frame and grabbed a lead when freshman Caitlin Huddy hooked up with junior Pam Ordung at 33:47. But the Cougars' managed just three more shots throughout the rest of the game. Meanwhile the Engineers continued to pepper Clark junior goalkeeper Kaitlin Kelley. Finally at 20:23, MIT's Lentz beat Kelley for her fifth goal of the season to tie the score.

With the game up for grabs in the final 20 minutes, the Engineers proved to be the stronger team. MIT continued to pressure the Cougars and with seven minutes left Kanaga capitalized on a rebound for her second goal of the game and sixth of the season. The goal proved to be the game-winner as the Engineers defense shutdown Clark in the final seven minutes to hold on for a 4-3 victory.

Although Clark goalkeeper Kaitlin Kelley suffered the loss, she was the primary reason the Cougars were in the game late. Kelley stopped 19 of 23 shots she faced in the loss. Sophomore Alexa Herman made two saves behind a solid MIT defense.

The Engineers host Regis College on Tuesday and will look to take advantage of a winless Pride squad (0-10).