Eight First-Half Goals Propel Field Hockey to 11-2 Win Over Wheaton

Eight First-Half Goals Propel Field Hockey to 11-2 Win Over Wheaton

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eight MIT players recorded at least one point in an 11-2 victory over Wheaton College in a NEWMAC field hockey game on Tuesday night. Juniors Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) and Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) along with sophomore Caitlin Mackey (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) each scored twice for the Engineers who improved to 13-2 on the season and 6-1 in league play. Junior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass.) accounted for both of the Lyons' goals as their ledger lowered to 3-11 overall and 0-6 in the NEWMAC.

Rocha put the first shot on goal after 1:26 elapsed but MIT countered with 16 shots, 12 of which were turned away by junior goalie Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass.), before Mackey knocked in the rebound of junior Erin Kenney's (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) shot in the 13th minute. Duffy followed with back-to-back goals, the second bouncing off a defender following a scramble in the arc in the 21st minute. Just over a minute later, Mackey sent a strike to the near post while Wharton added a penalty stroke to give the hosts a 5-0 advantage with just under 10 minutes left in the half.

A pair of fastbreaks resulted in goals by DiDio. The first was initiated by senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) who sent a cross to DiDio for the score while the second was a solo effort that spanned at least half of the field. Sophomore Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) increased MIT's advantage to 8-0 with less than two minutes remaining before the intermission.

The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza as Wharton sent a blast from the near side to the near post after three minutes expired. The game became a back-and-forth affair until Wheaton was awarded its first penalty corner of the game in the 49th minute. Following the initial play, sophomore Sarah McNicholas (Boxboro, Mass.) collected the ball along the far endline and sent a cross to Rocha who redirected it to the top near corner to end the shutout.

MIT quickly responded with a solo effort by freshman Morgan Gulliver (Stamford, Conn.) which was matched by Rocha in the 65th minute. The Engineers capped the scoring on an unassisted marker by freshman Molly McNamara (Auburn, Mass.) with 51 seconds left to play.

In net, sophomore Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio) collected two saves in the first half for MIT while freshmen Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) and Evie Kyritsis (Mount Lakes, N.J.) shared time in the cage during the second half. For the Lyons, Massengill finished the night with 19 saves.

Following a nine-day hiatus, MIT will host the University of New England on Thursday, Oct. 25. Wheaton, meanwhile, will continue NEWMAC play on Saturday, Oct. 20 with a home game against Babson College.