MIT Overpowers Nichols, 7-1
Sept. 19, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Five second-half goals helped propel MIT to a 7-1 victory over Nichols College in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday night. Hee Jay Kang led all scorers with three goals while Anna Ayuso totaled four points on a goal and two assists.
The Engineers (3-3) opened the scoring 13:33 into the contest when Sharon Prange directed a deflection from the Bison's netminder to Kang for the goal. Whitney Shillieto tallied the equalizer for Nichols (2-4) 6:30 later on Stephanie Magni's pass during a scramble following a penalty corner. Tech regained the lead in the 30th minute as Ayuso redirected a feed from Nirupama Yeechoor for the game-winner. Although MIT held a 12-2 advantage in shots, it entered the intermission with a slim 2-1 edge.
The Engineers maintained their offensive pressure in the next frame as they eventually tied an Institute record for goals scored in the second half. Kang sparked a four-goal scoring spree during the first 15 minutes after connecting on a pass from Yeechoor. Prange notched her first goal of the season when she fired a shot from the top of the circle that went untouched into the cage. In a span of 2:30, Ayuso recorded back-to-back assists on goals by Ekavali Mishra and Kang. Cristina Stefanescu capped the scoring with less than two minutes remaining on a blast from the top right side of the arc that dropped inside the far post.
In net, Alexa Herman made three stops for the Engineers as Mary Kate Bednarz collected 10 saves for the Bison.
Both squads will continue non-conference play on the road on Thursday, Sept. 21 with MIT traveling to UMass-Dartmouth and Nichols making the trip to WPI.