MIT Tops Simmons, 5-0, in Season Opener

Devon Goetz
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 5, Simmons College 0

- Records: MIT (1-0); Simmons (0-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: Multiple-point performances by senior Emily Penn (Columbia, Md.), junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.), and sophomore Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) helped power the MIT field hockey team to a 5-0 victory over Simmons College in the season-opener for both squads on Friday night. The win marked the ninth consecutive season-opening and home-opening victory for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT's attack applied the pressure early and found success after 9:27 expired when Tregoning redirected a bouncing ball to the near post that was sent into the arc by Higuchi. During the next 10 minutes Simmons fought off four penalty corners, blocked three shots, saw goalie Lucy McNamara come up with three saves while Meghan Fontaine earned a defensive save. However, the Engineers increased their lead to 2-0 after Penn, on her third attempt, knocked in the rebound of her previously saved shots.

- The hosts continued to control the action for the remainder of the half, resulting in the return of the Higuchi-Tregoning scoring tandem. With 55 seconds on the clock, Tregoning passed the ball from the far side of the arc to Higuchi who buried a quick shot.

- The Sharks' best chance to get on board during the opening frame came with just over three minutes left to play when a bouncing pass was on the outskirts of the arc, but Sammy Rondeau could not corral the ball.

- MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as Penn sent a low, sweeping shot to the near post, giving the Engineers a 4-0 advantage following 44 seconds of action. A midfield battle ensued until Simmons earned a penalty corner in the 58th minute which ended up seeing Maggie Fuzak's shot hit the outside of the cage.

- The Cardinal and Gray countered by capping the scoring a minute later. Freshman Amanda Garofalo (Fairfield, N.J.) capitalized on a miscue by the visitors' defense and beat a defender in addition to McNamara for the goal.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT outshot Simmons, 24-3, but had a 4-3 edge during the second half. The Engineers earned 12 penalty corners while the Sharks were awarded one.

- Freshman goalie Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.) did not make a save in the shutout for MIT.

- McNamara collected eight saves while Abigail Anderson generated a pair of defensive saves.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams will be on the road for their next outings. MIT has a quick turnaround as it will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, Sept. 2 for a 1:00 p.m. start. Simmons, meanwhile, heads up to Thomas College on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 11:00 a.m.

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