Barker Scores Twice in 4-1 Win over Wellesley

Senior Michelle Dion, sophomore Jenna Klein, and senior Molly McShane
Senior Michelle Dion, sophomore Jenna Klein, and senior Molly McShane

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Senior Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) scored twice to lead the MIT field hockey team to a 4-1 win over Wellesley College on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) and freshman Morgan Gulliver (Stamford, Conn.) rounded out the scoring for the Engineers who improved to 10-2 on the year and 3-1 in NEWMAC play.

MIT wasted little time in getting on the board as it converted on a penalty corner after 3:51 elapsed. Junior Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) set the play in motion while Wharton unleashed a blast from the top of the arc to give the visitors a lead they would not relinquish.

During the next 10 minutes, the Blue responded by generating five penalty corners and four shots, one of which was stopped by sophomore goalie Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio), but could not register the equalizer. The game became a back-and-forth affair until the 28th minute. Junior Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) sent a blast that was turned away by junior goalie Brit Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) but Gulliver was there to knock in the rebound.

The Engineers continued to attack in the second stanza as they produced six shots, four of which were on goal, and five penalty corners before extending their lead in the 52nd minute. Barker registered her first marker of the game when she redirected a long ball from senior Michelle Dion (Lunenburg, Mass.) to increase MIT's margin to 3-0.

Wellesley replied by ending the shutout six minutes later when senior Allison Robbins (Bennington, Vt.) found freshman Hannah Flesch (Rockville, Md.) following a penalty corner. The hosts did not back down as they totaled a trio of shots and penalty corners but they could not close the gap. MIT, meanwhile, was awarded a penalty corner moments before time expired and capitalized on the opportunity. In the midst of a scramble in front of the cage, senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) set up Barker for the final tally of the day.

Klein finished the day with one save as Mscisz turned away six shots. The Engineers enjoyed a 15-11 advantage in shots but the Blue recorded a 10-8 edge in penalty corners.

MIT continues its NEWMAC roadtrip on Saturday, Oct. 6 when it visits Mount Holyoke College.