Field Hockey Falls to Mount Holyoke, 2-1, in NEWMAC Semifinal

Senior Michelle Teplensky
Senior Michelle Teplensky

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Playing in its fifth straight NEWMAC Tournament semifinal game, the MIT field hockey team fell to No. 16 Mount Holyoke College, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Engineers ended their season with a ledger of 14-5.

The Lyons jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, connecting on a penalty corner just nine minutes into play. Freshman Charlotte Wagner (West Chester, Pa.) sent in the insertion and junior Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn.) laced a shot from the top of the circle. Senior Victoria Beja-Glasser (Chapel Hill, N.C.) then deflected the ball into the back of the cage for the score.

After the Mount Holyoke goal, MIT took over possession, recording seven shots and four penalty corners in a 20-minute stretch. The Engineers run included a great chance to get the equalizer in the 14th minute, but junior Caitlin Mackey's (San Diego, Calif.) attempt hit the post and bounced to the left and out of play.

Following MIT's offensive surge, Mount Holyoke regained possession, and with just under a minute left in the first half junior Diana Banmann (Hannover, Germany) pushed the lead to 2-0. She scored her 31st of the year, after carrying the ball to the top of the circle and bulleting a shot past sophomore goalie Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.).

Despite being down by two, it was MIT that held the edge in both shots and corners at the break. The Engineers out-shot the Lyons 8-3 and also had a 4-1 edge in corners, but Mount Holyoke's Liz DiCesare (Westford, Mass.) recorded four saves in the period, keeping MIT off the board.

The Engineers took over again in the second half, recording four out of the half's first five shots, and compiling a 9-4 shot advantage in the period. Mount Holyoke again withstood the pressure, as DiCesare tallied three saves in the first 13 minutes of the period.

The Engineers broke through with just over two minutes to play, as senior Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) cut their deficit in half. She received a feed from Mackey and beat DiCesare to the left after a unleashing a hard shot from the top of the circle.

In the waning minutes, MIT had a chance to take over possession, but the Mount Holyoke back line regained control and sealed the victory for the Lyons.

MIT ended the game with a 17-7 advantage in shots and a 10-3 lead in penalty corners. Mount Holyoke's DiCesare picked up her 17th win of the season in goal for the Lyons, turning away eight shots, while Kyritsis posted three saves for the Engineers.

Release Courtesy of Wellesley College Sports Information