Field Hockey Off to 2-0 Start
Sept. 3, 2005
Henniker, N.H. - After failing to score on five shots in her first game, senior co-captain Deanna Lentz was ready to capitalize on her chances against New England College. Lentz scored twice on six shots while recording an assist, and MIT goalie Alexa Herman made twenty saves as the visiting Engineers defeated the Pilgrims 4-1.
Lentz opened up the scoring early for MIT when she pounced on a rebound after scrapping for the ball in front of the net. Picking up where she left off against Gordon College, senior Cheryl Texin took a pass from Lentz on a penalty corner and beat Pilgrim junior goalie Jacqui Parker from the top of the circle at 26:50 of the first half. It was Texin's third goal of the season and proved to be the game-winner. A minute later Texin nearly increased MIT's lead to four, but the shot was denied by Parker.
It wasn't long before the Engineers picked up their third goal. Lentz received a pass outside the circle and dodged to the right before tucking the ball inside the post at 18:32 of the first half.
New England College came into the second half with new energy, looking to get on the board early. The Pilgrims began to control the game and build momentum, but MIT goalie Herman was denying every shot she faced. It took the Pilgrims until 23:58 to finally get one by Herman. Freshman forward Amanda Lester found herself one on one with Herman and scored from the right side of the circle. That would be all New England College could muster.
Senior Lauren Nowierski iced the game with her second goal of the season with 5:41 left on a tip in after a scramble in front of the Pilgrim goal. Herman stopped twenty of twenty-one shots for the Engineers, improving her record to 2-0, while Parker (1-1) allowed four goals on twenty-three shots.