Sept. 1, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Amanda Lester registered all of New England College's goals, including the game-winner after 2:52 had expired in the second overtime, to lift her squad to a 4-3 victory over MIT in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday. In her intercollegiate debut, Jessica Oleinik tallied all three of the Engineers' goals.
MIT (0-1) supplied the offensive pressure through the first 15 minutes of play as it mounted a 4-1 advantage in shots. The Pilgrims (1-0) countered by firing 11 unanswered strikes to close the frame, but the game remained scoreless at the break.
Lester ended the deadlock 1:20 into the second half with a breakaway goal. She then extended NEC's lead seven minutes later by intercepting a pass in the Engineers' defensive zone. Oleinik put MIT on the board after connecting on a feed from Ekavali Mishra in the 51st minute. The Pilgrims continued to attack and found success when Lester converted a pass from Jodie Dresser on a penalty corner with 7:23 left to play. The Engineers cut their deficit in half (3-2) exactly four minutes later on a blast from Oleinik. MIT quickly notched the equalizer with 2:28 remaining when Ashley Mobbs found Oleinik. Both squads were unable to fire off a shot before regulation expired.
NEC had a chance to end the game in the first overtime session as one of its shots just glanced off the post and bounced back to the mouth of the goal. MIT's defense thwarted the scoring opportunity by immediately clearing the ball off the line.
In net, Alexa Herman collected 17 saves for the Engineers while Mary Roux made seven stops for the Pilgrims.
Both teams will continue play on the road next week. NEC will travel to Manhattanville College on Thursday, September 5 while MIT will compete in the Betty Richey Tournament hosted by Vassar College next weekend.