Sept. 29, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Three goals during the final nine minutes of regulation helped power Mount Holyoke College to a 4-1 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC field hockey game on Saturday. Mary Kate Switchenko led all scorers with two goals, including the game-winner, as the Lyons improved to 4-3 on the year and 1-1 in conference action.
The Engineers (3-7, 0-2 NEWMAC) got on the scoreboard after 3:11 had expired when Jessica Oleinik redirected a pass from Alex Wright. The remainder of the opening period was a scoreless affair with MIT stymieing Mount Holyoke's attack.
MIT applied the offensive pressure during the first five minutes of the second stanza but it could not convert its scoring opportunities. The Lyons countered by finding the back of the net in the 43rd minute following a penalty corner. Claire Emery sent the ball to Anne Doton who dodged a defender for the equalizer. Both squads made several charges at the net for the go-ahead-goal, but it was Doton who set up Switchenko for the game-winner with 9:42 on the clock.
Mount Holyoke maintained its momentum as it scored twice during the last 1:51 of regulation. Emery posted the insurance goal after converting a feed from Katelyn Frick off a penalty corner. Exactly 22 seconds later, Jaimie Macari found Switchenko for the final tally of the game.
In net, Alexa Herman collected three saves for MIT while Allie Walsh did the same for Mount Holyoke.
Both teams will hit the road on Tuesday, October 2. MIT will travel to NEWMAC-foe WPI while Mount Holyoke will square off with Wesleyan University.