Field Hockey Rallies for Comeback win at WPI, 4-2

Field Hockey Rallies for Comeback win at WPI, 4-2

Courtesy of WPI Sports Information

Worcester, Mass.Kameron Klauber and Molly Duffy tallied goals 1:37 apart midway through the second half to help MIT rally to a hard-earned 4-2 victory over host WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Tuesday evening.  With the win, MIT pushes its record to 11-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in conference play while WPI dips to 4-7 on the season and 0-3 in NEWMAC action.

The game started out at a frantic pace with each team denting the scoring column in the opening two minutes.  The visitors struck first when Kimberly Barker knocked home a feed from Molly McShane at 1:14.  WPI answered back 31 seconds later as Paige Hanson netted her first goal of the year following a pass from Megan Linskey.

WPI took a 2-1 lead into the locker room at the half when Danielle Antonellis emerged from a scrum in front of the net and set up Linksey for her fourth goal of the season.

MIT applied pressure throughout the second half and were rewarded at 50:41 when Klauber deposited her team-best 13th goal in the back of the net to level the score at 2-2.  The visitors continued to push forward and at 52:18 saw Duffy net what proved to be the game-winner following a dish from Jessica Oleinik.

Cambridge's Engineers sealed the victory with just 1:17 left in the contest when Katie Kauffman buried a rebound following a penalty corner.

Keri Dixon made three saves in net for MIT en route to picking up her 11th win of season.  Freshman Liz Dufresne made six stops for WPI, who received two defensive saves Katye Milligan and one each by Becca Sharpe and Katelyn Comeau.

For the night, MIT enjoyed a 16-7 bulge in shots and a 13-6 edge in penalty corners.

Next up for both teams are 1:00 p.m. NEWMAC road contests on Saturday afternoon.  WPI heads to Springfield for a rematch of last's year NEWMAC quarterfinal contest won by the Pride while MIT ventures to Wheaton.