CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a scoreless first half, nationally-ranked No. 19 MIT battled Gordon College for a 5-2 victory in a non-conference field hockey game on Tuesday night. Seniors Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) and Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) along with junior Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) each produced a goal and an assist for the Engineers, who improved to 4-0 on the season. Juniors Katherine Bailey (Baltimore, Md.) and Courtney Scott (Herndon, Pa.) found the back of the net for the Fighting Scots as their ledger lowered to 3-1 for the year.
MIT maintained possession for most of the opening frame as it recorded a 9-0 advantage in shots on goal and an 11-0 margin in penalty corners. Gordon withstood the attack courtesy of six saves from senior goalie Anna Bury (Huntingtown, Md.), two defensive saves from senior Megan Wernig (Gilford, N.H.) and one by sophomore Lydia Ellsworth (West Chester, Pa.).
The stalemate ended 1:25 into the second stanza when on a counterattack, junior Karli Balmer (Perkasie, Pa.) dodged a defender in the arc and found Bailey at the near post for the tip in. The Engineers responded a minute later on a penalty corner as senior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) redirected a feed from Duffy and then took the lead for good on a Dethy strike that was set up by senior Erin Kenney (Glen Ellyn, Ill.). Kenney helped MIT gain some breathing room as she found Duffy following a penalty corner to put it up, 3-1, in the 45th minute.
Gordon nearly cut its deficit in half five minutes later on a breakaway by junior Grace Fabry (Escondido, Calif.). She found herself in a one-on-one situation with sophomore netminder Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) but lost control of the ball at the last moment. Although the Fighting Scots' initial surge on their next fast break was stopped, Scott continued to attack and found the back of the net to trim the score to 3-2 with 15:51 left to play. The equalizer almost materialized on a transition run by Scott; however, MIT's defense converged on her to stop the threat.
This was as close as it would get as the Engineers controlled the ball down the stretch, beginning when a pass from Dethy on the nearside made its way into the middle of the arc where Teplensky one-timed it past Bury in the 58th minute. After a sequence that featured five penalty corners, MIT capped the scoring courtesy of another penalty corner with seven minutes on the clock. From the middle of the arc, Teplensky found freshman Emma Valentine (Endwell, N.Y.) at the near post for her first intercollegiate marker.
Kyritsis came away with the win for the Cardinal and Gray despite not making a save while Bury finished the night with 14 stops. Ellsworth tacked on a second defensive save for the Fighting Scots as she denied another bid by Valentine late in the game.
Both squads continue action on the road later this week. MIT will visit Nichols College on Thursday, Sept. 12 while Gordon will make a trip up to New England College two days later.