Barker Breaks Record as MIT Blanks UNE, 6-0

Senior Kimberly Barker
Senior Kimberly Barker

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) posted a goal and an assist to lead MIT to a 6-0 victory over the University of New England in a non-conference field hockey game on Thursday night. Barker, who entered the game tied with Kameron Klauber '12 for the MIT career points mark, earned an assist on freshman Siobhan Rigby's (Richmond, Va.) goal in the 49th minute to eclipse the previous total of 145. With the win, the Engineers improved to 14-2 on the year while the Nor'easters saw their ledger lower to 9-8 for the season.

A penalty stroke by junior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) put MIT on the board after three minutes elapsed in the game. The Engineers then extended their margin courtesy of a solo effort by sophomore Caitlin Mackey (San Diego, Calif.) just over seven minutes later. In an attempt by UNE to clear the ball out of its defensive zone, Mackey intercepted a pass on the far side and sprinted towards the arc where she sent a cross which bounced off a defender and past senior goalie Kaitlyn Warren (Boscawen, N.H.).

MIT maintained the pressure as it was awarded six penalty corners but Warren turned away four shots while senior Laura Egounis (Boscawen, N.H.) registered three defensive saves to keep the Nor'easters within striking distance. The Engineers ended the defensive battle when senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) stole the ball at midfield and raced down the far sideline before finding junior Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) for the score in the 27th minute. Immediately after play restarted, Wharton dispossessed the Nor'easters offense in the arc and then broke up sophomore Morgan Tornovish's (Nantucket, Mass.) pass in the circle to preserve the 3-0 lead.

Following the intermission, sophomore Beth Sullivan (Cumberland, R.I.) unleashed a dangerous bouncing feed into the arc, but Wharton once again thwarted the attempt on goal. Junior Casey Clark (Bethlehem, N.H.) produced UNE's first shot of the night in the 48th minute; however, junior Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) deflected it out of bounds. MIT responded with Barker's record-breaking effort and then she extended the Cardinal and Gray's advantage to 5-0 when she redirected a feed from Wharton in the 51st minute. The Engineers capped the scoring with 4:28 remaining on a tip in by freshman Molly McNamara (Auburn, Mass.) at the far post that was set up by classmate Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.).

The Nor'easters' final opportunity to end the shutout occurred when they received their only penalty corner of the game with eight seconds on the clock. Senior Emily Koehler (Pelham, N.H.) put the ball into play but before it could get back into the arc sophomore Sarah Fay (South Hadley, Mass.) disrupted UNE's centering pass to end the game.

In net, sophomore Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio) and freshman Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) collaborated for the shutout without having to make a save. Kennedy's only threat was a bouncing ball in the arc moments after she entered the game in the 59th minute. Warren finished the night with seven saves in 57 minutes of action while freshman Lauren Cray (Essex Junction, Vt.) posted one save for the Nor'easters.

Both squads close out the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27 with home games against conference rivals. MIT will host New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foe Smith College while UNE will square off with Salve Regina University in a Commonwealth Coast Conference tilt.