September 15, 2005

Field Hockey Improves To 5-1 For First Time Since 1995

Sept. 15, 2005

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Engineers set the pace of Thursday night's game against the Sharks right from the beginning and held back a late Simmons push to hold on 2-1. MIT took twenty shots and capitalized on just two, but it was enough for the Engineers to win and reach a 5-1 mark for the first time since 1995.

Anna Ayuso, who was coming off a five point game against Lasell on Tuesday, jump started the Engineers squad again. Ayuso registered the first four shots of the game and her fifth shot was deflected by sophomore Lauren McCarthy past Sharks senior goalkeeper Meredith Susi at 16:32 of the first half to give MIT a 1-0 lead.

Just over two minutes later, MIT came back for more and Lauren Nowierski found the back of the cage after a scramble out in front. The Engineers continued to threaten throughout the first half, but Susi was there for the Sharks to make six saves. Simmons managed only one shot in the opening frame against MIT's defense.

The Engineers defense continued to shutdown the Sharks offense early in the second half. Sharon Prange was quick to send opposing players back across midfield, and Simmons star senior Tanya Rego had trouble finding her rhythm. Finally at 35:43, the Sharks got on the board when junior Kim Lindsey rushed toward the MIT net untouched and blasted a shot past sophomore goalie Alexa Herman to cut the Engineers lead in half.

After the goal, MIT's defense stepped up again. Simmons rarely reached midfield until the last five minutes of the game, when a sense of urgency was obvious in the Sharks team. Rego came alive and made several attempts to tie the game on nifty rushes, but none prevailed. With under a minute left, Simmons was awarded a penalty corner, and Rego received the pass but wasn't able to get off a quality shot. Time ran out on the Sharks, who have now lost the last three contests against MIT. The 2-1 score also marked the seventh straight time that the matchup has been decided by one goal.

Simmons goalkeeper Meredith Susi had an excellent game in the losing effort, making six saves, all in the first half. Alexa Herman only had to make one save behind an overwhelming MIT defense.

MIT travels to Dudley, Massachusetts on Tuesday, September 20 to face Nichols College.