MIT Falls to Clark, 5-4, in Double Overtime
Oct. 2, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - A breakaway goal by Brittney Wickles 2:04 into the second overtime period gave Clark University a 5-4 win over MIT on Saturday. Margaret Gentile led the Engineers (4-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) with three goals while Noelle Kanaga added three assists. The Cougars' (7-2, 2-0 NEWMAC), Kristina Richio also tallied a hat-trick.
Tech struck first with Cheryl Texin scoring off a rebound shot originally from Deanna Lentz 9:53 into the game. Margaret Gentile, scoring her first goal of the season, extended the lead 10 minutes later by connecting on a pass from Noelle Kanaga. Clark responded with a goal of its own when Ashley Perez set up Kristina Richio in the 24th minute. MIT entered halftime with a 2-1 advantage.
In the second stanza, the Cougars picked up right where they left off, with Richio tying the game on another pass from Perez. Richio gave Clark its first lead in the 62nd minute and Perez added a goal one minute later on a pass from Brittney Wickles.
After a timeout by the Engineers, the Margaret Gentile-Noelle Kanaga connection re-emerged. Tech cut Clark's advantage to one with 4:21 remaining when Kanaga set up Gentile for a goal on a penalty corner. MIT continued to attack and was awarded another penalty corner in the waning seconds of regulation. It was déjà vu as Gentile scored on a pass from Kanaga to send the game into overtime.
Tech had several opportunities to score in the first overtime period, but it struggled to find the back of the cage. In the second extra session, the Engineers failed to capitalize on a penalty corner, which initiated the breakaway for Clark's Brittney Wickles.
In the goal, Alexa Herman collected 11 saves for MIT. Kaitlin Kelley made 12 stops for the Cougars.
The next game for MIT will be on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6:00 p.m. when it hosts Regis College.