September 1, 2012

No. 20 MIT Defeats UMass Dartmouth, 3-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a back-and-forth contest that saw a considerable amount of action in the midfield, MIT emerged with a 3-1 victory over UMass Dartmouth in a non-conference field hockey came on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) paced the nationally-ranked No. 20 Engineers with two goals while freshman Emily Anderson (Medway, Mass.) notched her first intercollegiate marker for the Corsairs.

UMass Dartmouth applied the pressure first as it generated a pair of penalty corners and two shots by freshman Cory Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) that were turned away by MIT netminder Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio) during the opening three minutes. On the other end, junior goalie Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) stymied junior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) and senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) but sophomore Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) converted a penalty stroke to put the Engineers on the board in the ninth minute. MIT quickly extended its lead courtesy of a fastbreak by McShane who found Barker for the score with 24:29 left in the half.

The Corsairs' defense withstood six shots and a trio of penalty corners during the next 10 minutes to stay within striking distance. The visitors eventually broke through, capitalizing on their third consecutive penalty corner. Junior Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, R.I.) took the initial hit and after a scramble in the arc Anderson found the back of the cage in the 29th minute. MIT almost increased its margin on a strike by McShane with 2:35 left in the half; however, O'Brien made a diving midair stick-save to keep the score at 2-1 heading into the intermission.

Both squads made several charges at the cage in the second half but the backlines were up to the task. Sophomore Sarah Fay (South Hadley, Mass.) thwarted three straight UMass Dartmouth penalty corners before Barker ended the stalemate on a solo effort in the 51st minute. MIT controlled the action down the stretch, amassing nine penalty corners and five shots on goal but could not add to its advantage despite having a player advantage due to two separate yellow cards during 12 of the final 18 minutes of regulation.

In net for MIT, Klein collected two saves, both occurring in the first half, while O'Brien compiled 13 stops for UMass Dartmouth. The Engineers led the way in shots (21-7) and finished with a 17-11 edge in penalty corners.

MIT (2-0) hits the road on Tuesday, Sept. 4 when its visit Lasell College while the Corsairs (0-1) resume action on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Clark University.