Sept. 30, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jessica Oleinik scored her 11th goal of the season with 2:42 left in the second half to lift MIT to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Endicott in non-conference field hockey action Tuesday. With the win the Engineers improve their record to 5-6 on the season. The loss snaps an eight game win streak for the Gulls (9-2).
Oleinik's game winner came after Endicott goalkeeper Chelsea DeFeo stopped her original shot attempt. The tally capped a second half that saw the teams combine for three goals after a scoreless first. MIT outshot the Gulls 7-1 in the first 35 minutes but was unable to capitalize as DeFeo recorded three of her four saves in the period.
Anna Giannoni put Endicott on the board 12 minutes into the second period, as she gathered a rebound and looped a shot high over MIT goalkeeper Keri Dixon’s head that fell into the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage. Danielle Smith would even up the score seven minutes later when she deflected in a long crossing pass from Nirupama Yechoor, setting up the dramatic finish.
The Engineers outshot Endicott, 15-6, for the game and had eight penalty corners to just one for the Gulls. Dixon made one save to pick up the win in net.
MIT will return to NEWMAC play on Saturday, October 4 when they travel to Springfield. Game time is at 11:00 a.m. Endicott plays at Commonwealth Coast Conference opponent New England College Saturday at 1:00 p.m.