Courtesy of New England College Sports Information
Henniker, N.H. — The MIT field hockey picked up where it left off after an historic 2009 campaign, winning the 2010 opener over New England College by a score of 4-2. The game was the first of the season for both teams and marked the inaugural game on New England College's new artificial turf field. It was the 10th win in the last 11 games for the Engineers, who streaked to the 2009 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Confernece (NEWMAC) championship and a opening round NCAA Tournament win, before seeing their season come to an end in the second round.
The Pilgrims opened the scoring just 8:22 into the first half as senior Samantha Escobar rebounded in her own shot to give NEC the 1-0 lead. MIT's Kimberly Barker would respond as she would put in a pass from Lia DiGiovanna knotting the game at 1-1.
The Engineers would break the tie early in the second half as Kameron Klauber netted a goal assisted by Molly McShane just over 11 minutes into the second half. MIT was able to extend its lead to 3-1 just minutes later as Jessica Oleinik was there for the rebound after a Klauber shot.
MIT's Barker recorded her second goal of the afternoon with just over 20 minutes remaining in regulation, putting the Engineers up 4-1. NEC's Emily Kuchta would get the Pilgrims within two goals scoring off an Escobar pass with just over 14 minutes on the clock but it would not be enough as MITwent on to capture the 4-2 victory.
Picking up the win in goal for MIT was Keri Dixon who finished with seven saves. Making her collegiate debut in goal for NEC was Courtney Duquette who recorded 15 saves on the afternoon.
New England College returns to action on Saturday, September 4 when they travel to face non-conference opponent Clark University. MIT will host UMass-Dartmouth Saturday at noon.