Oct. 21, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Alisa Ardito provided the lone goal of the game, with just over two minutes gone by to help lead Wheaton College past MIT, 1-0, in NEWMAC field hockey action Tuesday night. With the win, Wheaton improves to 9-6 and 4-2 in the NEWMAC. MIT falls to 5-11 and is still searching for their first conference win. The Engineers have now lost four one-goal contests during their NEWMAC campaign.
Ardito gathered the rebound off of Emily Asack's original attempt and pushed it past MIT goalkeeper Keri Dixon to provide the Lyons with the winning margin. The teams battled to a stalemate for the remaining 67 minutes, as each team managed only a few scoring chances. The best of which came for Wheaton in the 62nd minute when Asack's shot from the top of the circle rang off of the side of the goalpost. Tech's best scoring opportunity came early in the second half. However, Wheaton goalkeeper Andrea Bagley was able to make consecutive saves on shots by Alex Wright and Jessica Oleinik to preserve the slim lead.
For the game Wheaton outshot MIT, 12-8, while the Engineers held a slim 4-3 advantage in penalty corners. Dixon made three saves in the losing effort. Bagley stopped four shots to pick up her fifth shutout of the season.
MIT looks for that elusive first conference win on Saturday, October 25 when they travel to Mount Holyoke. Game time is at 2:30 p.m. Wheaton is back in action on Saturday when they host Smith at 1:00 p.m.