Oct. 21, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT field hockey team clinched a spot in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament following a 3-0 victory over Clark University on Saturday. Amanda Hunter posted two goals while Sharon Prange notched two assists and a goal for the Engineers (5-10, 2-5 NEWMAC).
MIT opened the scoring early as it recorded what proved to be the game-winning goal after 5:15 had expired. On a penalty corner, Prange set up Hunter for her second score of the season. The game then became a defensive battle as the Engineers only mustered two more shots while the Cougars (4-11, 1-6 NEWMAC) struggled to reach their offensive zone.
The early stages of the second half were just like the first with MIT doubling its advantage 2:13 into the frame. A shot by Cristina Stefanescu was stopped by Clark's netminder, but the rebound went directly to Prange. She then found Hunter for the duo's second goal and assist of the day.
Over nine minutes later, the Cougars threatened to end the shutout on a shot by Brooke Osgood. Following Alexa Herman's save on the strike, Clark received its first penalty corner of the game. Ginny Mike attempted to put the Cougars on the board but her shot sailed wide.
The Engineers capped the scoring in the 51st minute on another penalty corner. Anna Ayuso sent the ball to Stefanescu who directed it to Prange. After several touches, Prange sent a blast into the back of the cage.
In net, Herman earned her second shutout of the season and the seventh of her career while making one save. Kaitlin Kelley collected seven saves for the Cougars.
Both squads will wrap up regular season NEWMAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 24. MIT will host Wheaton College at 6:00 p.m. while Clark will travel to Smith College for a 6:30 p.m. start.