October 11, 2005

MIT Smothers Smith In Second Half

Oct. 11, 2005

Box Score

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The Engineers (10-2, 2-1 NEWMAC) came out fast and controlled the game early at Smith College (6-5, 1-2 NEWMAC) on the misty Monday afternoon. Smith senior goalkeeper Megan Maguire stood tall in the first half, stopping 16 shots, but the Pioneers could not withstand MIT's relentless pressure and collapsed in the second frame. MIT scored twice in the first three minutes on their way to a 3-1 victory.

It was not the usual suspects who finally got the Engineers on the board in the second half. Freshman Janet Pan ended the scoreless deadlock at 34:04 when she tucked the ball behind Maguire for her third goal of the season. Two minutes later, sophomore Ashley Thomas recorded her first points of the season by capitalizing on a precision pass from Pan. Thomas' first goal proved to be a big one and the game-winner, as Smith's sophomore Alex Janos cut the Engineers lead in half at 27:18. Trailing only by one goal through the rest of the second half, Smith remained in striking distance, but MIT's senior co-captain Noelle Kanaga iced the game with her team-leading seventh goal of the season at 12:37. Junior Sharon Prange picked up an assist on the score.

The Pioneers exposed an obvious weakness in the second frame, registering only three shots in the half, and four in the game. MIT dominated the game offensively and kept the ball away from their sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Herman, who had to make only two stops in the contest. Despite the loss, Maguire was impressive in net for Smith, posting 16 saves.

The Engineers are back in action today when they travel to Norton, Mass. to square off against Wheaton College (4-9, 1-3 NEWMAC) in a conference matchup. The game is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.