CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's three leading scorers, Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.), Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.), and Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) each found the scoring column during a 4-0 win over visiting Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on a sun soaked Saturday afternoon on Jack Barry Field. The Engineers improve to 12-2 overall and 4-1 in league play with their third straight shutout. Wheaton falls to 6-6 and 1-3 in the NEWMAC.
Tech had a number of good scoring opportunities early on but Lyons' goalkeeper Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass.) made a pair of tremendous kick saves on shots by Klauber and smothered a breakaway attempt by Duffy.
MIT earned a penalty corner though just after Duffy's breakaway and capitalized on the chance, with Barker gathering the loose ball in front of the net and pushing it home for her eighth goal of the season.
Klauber nearly extended the lead just before the half, as she broke past the Wheaton defense all alone, but Massengill again came out of the net to smother the ball and preserve the one-goal deficit.
Klauber finally broke through just over 10 minutes into the second half, as she would not be denied on her second breakaway. Duffy added an insurance marker eight minutes later and Katie Kauffman (Olney, Md.) rounded out the scoring for the Cardinal and Gray.
At 4-1, Tech now sits atop the conference standings, just ahead of 3-1 Mount Holyoke College, its next opponent. MIT and Mount Holyoke will play next Saturday, October 15 at Jack Barry at 1:00 p.m. The game is the final home date for the Engineers before finishing with three straight on the road. Wheaton will be back in action next Saturday as well, traveling to Springfield College for an 11:00 a.m. league matchup.