CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Jessica Oleinik led a potent offensive attack, scoring four goals, as MIT opened its 2009 campaign with a win over New England College, 7-2, in non-conference field hockey action Tuesday night. The Engineers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Pilgrims and won their season opener for the first time since 2005.
Sophomore Anna Teruya, the team's second leading scorer a year ago, put Tech on the board just over nine minutes into the contest off a shot from the top of the circle following an MIT penalty corner. Oleinik began her onslaught just four minutes later pushing her own rebound past NEC goalkeeper Mary Roux. Danielle Smith found the back of the net later in the half to give MIT a quick 3-0 lead. Emily Kuchta responded with her first of two scores, on a feed from Samantha Escobar, with just over nine minutes to go in the period to get the Pilgrims into the scoring column.
Oleinik would quickly seize control of the game from there, tallying three unanswered goals in 15 minutes. Her second marker came with just over one minute remaining before the half and sent the Cardinal and Grey into the locker room with a 4-1 advantage. Oleinik capped off her productive night, scoring two more times in a span of just 1:16, as the MIT lead swelled to 6-1. Teruya and Kuchta would each add their second goal of the night to round out the scoring.
Keri Dixon had a solid night in net for the Engineers, stopping five shots while allowing just two goals. Roux made 11 saves in the losing effort.
MIT returns to action on Thursday, September 3 when it hosts Gordon College at 4:00 p.m., its second of five-straight home games to start the season. New England College will play Saturday at Clark at 1:00 p.m.