No. 17 MIT Defeats Endicott, 4-2

Junior Caitlin Mackey
Junior Caitlin Mackey

BEVERLY, Mass. – Junior Caitlin Mackey (San Diego, Calif.) and senior Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) both produced a goal and an assist as the MIT field hockey team defeated Endicott College, 4-2, on Thursday night. With the win, the No. 17 Engineers improved to 8-0 on the year, setting a new program standard for consecutive wins to start the season.

MIT's attack made its presence known following the opening whistle as it generated three shots on goal during the first four minutes. The visitors broke through in the seventh minute when Mackey connected on a feed from Duffy. The Engineers' advantage grew 10 minutes later courtesy of a strike by junior Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) that was set up by senior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) on a penalty corner.

With just over 10 minutes remaining in the half, MIT rattled off four shots on goal but the Gulls came up with a trio of defensive saves and a stop by their goalie to stay within striking distance. Endicott ended the shutout with 5:18 to go by knocking in a rebound off sophomore goalie Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.). The 2-1 margin would hold through the intermission despite attempts from both sides at finding the back of the net.

The Engineers controlled the action to start the second half with their efforts resulting in a Duffy goal in the 52nd minute. The Gulls continued to attack as they cut their deficit in half (3-2) with 11:02 on the clock. MIT countered with Mackey finding senior Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) just over a minute later to reestablish the two-goal cushion. The Cardinal and Gray denied Endicott an opportunity for a late rally as it tallied eight shots on goal and two penalty corners down the stretch.

Kyritsis finished the night with three saves while her counterpart amassed 22 saves.

MIT returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action on Saturday, Sept. 28 at WPI.