MIT Posts Second Straight Shutout Against Simmons
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Six different players found their way into scoring column as the MIT field hockey team downed visiting Simmons, 9-0, Thursday night at Jack Barry Field. Freshman Molly McShane recorded her first career hat-trick to lead the Engineers, who improved to 5-0 while matching the program's longest win streak since 1998. With the loss, the Sharks' ledger drops to 0-4 on the year.
Jessica Oleinik gave Tech the early lead with her ninth goal of the year in the game's 11th minute. That score would hold up until late in the half when, after a number of good chances, the Engineers were able to break through again with just over two minutes remaining in the period. Alex Wright took the ball at the top of the circle following a penalty corner and fed Nirupama Yechoor, whose shot deflected off a Simmons' defender and past goalkeeper Molly Maidman. Kimberly Barker was able to tack on one more tally with help from Oleinik with just 16 seconds showing on the clock.
The Cardinal and Grey would pick right ack up after halftime, as Kameron Klauber recorded her first career goal four minutes into the second stanza. McShane would follow with the first of her three scores eight minutes later as the Engineers' lead expanded to five. Danielle Smith joined in the scoring later in the game, pushing home a rebound after Maidman's initial stop. Barker added a breakaway goal, her sixth of the season, and McShane would round out her hat-trick with a pair of markers in the last four minutes to achieve the final margin.
Tech controlled the ball for most of the game, outshooting the visitors, 33-6, while also holding an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners. Keri Dixon was once again impressive in net for MIT, making three saves to secure her second straight shutout. Maidman stopped eight shots for Simmons in the losing effort.
The Engineers will now travel to Vassar College to take part in this weekend's Betty Richey Tournament. They will take on Manhattanville in the opening round on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Simmons will host Mount Holyoke on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.