- Score: MIT 9, Gordon College 0
- Records: MIT (3-0); Gordon (1-1)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
- The Lead: The MIT field hockey team rattled off seven goals during the second half en route to a 9-0 victory over Gordon College on Thursday night. Senior Emily Penn (Columbia, Md.) posted four goals and an assist while freshman Amanda Garofalo (Fairfield, N.J.) generated one goal and three assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Penn put the Engineers on the board 8:35 into the contest courtesy of a solo effort in the middle of the arc. Sabrina Jandreau nearly tallied the equalizer for the Fighting Scots midway through the half but freshman goalie Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.) kicked the ball away. MIT countered by going up 2-0 in the 21st minute after junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) redirected Penn's pass at the near post. The hosts continued to attack, however, goalie Julia Altman turned away two shots while Emma Hryzan earned a defensive save to keep Gordon within striking distance.
- In the second stanza MIT picked up right from where it left off, pressuring the Fighting Scots' backline until Penn converted a penalty stroke after 3:24 expired. The Engineers quickly tacked on two more goals, resulting in a 5-0 advantage in the 44th minute. After having her initial shot saved by Altman, Garofalo directed the rebound towards Tregoning who found the back of the cage. Garofalo followed this up a minute later with an unassisted marker.
- Penn recorded two more goals, her second coming off Garofalo's insertion on a penalty corner with 19:17 on the clock. Sophomore Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) increased MIT's margin to 8-0 when Tregoning sent the rebound of Higuchi's saved shot back to her in the 54th minute. The Engineers capped the scoring with just under 11 minutes left to play as sophomore Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) knocked in Garofalo's feed.
- Gordon almost broke up the shutout during the latter stages of the game. In the 56th minute, Mackenzie Gray put a shot on a net that was stopped by Moore. Exactly a minute later Natalie Adamez had the ball in the arc but her shot was blocked by a defender. The Fighting Scots' final bid came from Emma Ellsworth, however, her shot from the far side of the arc was turned away by Moore at the far post.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT ended the night with a 28-4 advantage in shots and an 8-0 margin in penalty corners.
- Moore finished with three saves while Altman made nine saves. Briana Kowolenko produced two defensive saves for Gordon.
- Both squads travel to nationally-ranked No. 17 University of New England for their next outings. MIT heads up to Biddeford, Maine on Saturday, Sept. 9 for a 4:00 p.m. start. Gordon, meanwhile, will take on the Nor'easters on Wednesday, Sept. 13 to open The Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule.