Sept. 23, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jessica Oleinik converted a feed from Nirupama Yechoor 11 minutes into the second overtime period to lift MIT to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Nichols College in non-conference field hockey action Tuesday. The win was the Engineers' third in a row while Nichols lost for the first time in four games.
In addition to scoring the game's final goal, Oleinik put the first points on the board, deflecting Anna Teruya's shot from the top of the circle off of a penalty corner 23 minutes into the first half. Lauren Correia evened up the match less than three minutes later, scoring her first goal of the season. Teruya gave the Engineers the lead back, as she deposited a laser into the back of the net after another penalty corner. MIT outshot the Bison 9-4 in the first half.
Chelsea Correia would erase Tech's lead 11:30 into the second half as she deflected in a shot coming off of a Nichols corner. That score would hold up for the rest of regulation as well as an action-packed first overtime period that saw the two teams combine for 12 shots, setting up Oleinik's eventual game-winner.
For the game, the Engineers held a 30-15 advantage in shots and had 10 penalty corners compared to four for the Bison. Keri Dixon made five saves to pick up the win. Nichols goalkeeper MaryKate Bednarz had six saves in the losing effort.
MIT will now host WPI on Saturday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. in their NEWMAC opener. Nichols hosts Castleton State on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.