Oct. 19, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute was able to withstand an early onslaught by MIT Tuesday night at Alumni Field, and the home team hung on long enough for Nicole Maglione to score the game-winner in double overtime of a thrilling NEWMAC contest. WPI (6-8, 1-5 NEWMAC) halted a seven game losing streak and a five game NEWMAC losing streak with the win, while MIT (11-4, 3-3 NEWMAC) dropped its second consecutive game for the first time this season.
Visiting MIT came out with a fury for the first eight minutes of the game but could not get one by WPI senior goalkeeper Jessica Farrell. Taking notice of the situation, WPI head coach Johanna DiCarlo called a timeout, hoping to reverse the momentum of the game. Her team responded with an improved effort, but the score remained deadlocked through the first and second half.
WPI had a golden opportunity to end the game at 6:30 of the first overtime session, but MIT sophomore keeper Alexa Herman came up with a huge save on a penalty stroke by sophomore Sarah White. WPI outshot MIT 5-2 in the first overtime, but neither team was able to find the back of the cage.
WPI continued to threaten early in the second overtime frame, and at 1:39, freshman midfielder Nicole Maglione stunned MIT. She took a pass from senior co-captain Sarah Stout and deposited the ball past Herman to end the 86:39 scoring drought.
Despite the lack of scoring, there were several chances for both teams throughout the thrilling contest. Jessica Farrell made 13 stops in the shutout victory for WPI, while Alexa Herman turned away 12 for MIT.
The road doesn't get any easier for MIT. The Engineers will look to end their longest losing streak of the season when they host the Springfield College on Saturday afternoon at Jack Barry Field. Springfield (14-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) is the class of the conference and currently is ranked eighth in the country in the STX/NFHCA Collegiate National Coaches Polls. MIT closes out the regular season against Wellesley (8-5, 3-2 NEWMAC) on Tuesday, October 25.