Cambridge, Mass. – Andrea Park had a goal and three assists and Lauren Hernley scored in her final regular season home game as the MIT Engineers stifled the Mount Holyoke College Lyons 6-0 on Senior Day at Roberts Field. The Engineers also posted their 10th shutout of the season, tying a school record and sophomore goalie Meghan Wright equaled the school's individual record with her 9th clean sheet.
It took a period of just 9 minutes for the Engineers to blow the game open after struggling to break through for nearly half an hour of play. Andrea Park connected with senior Lauren Hernley on a long searching ball, which Hernley got a head to, but it looked as though Mount Holyoke goalie Elaine Harvey would make the save. Unfortunately for Harvey, the ball was just high enough that she could do nothing but tip it over her head and into the back of the net.
Alisha Lussiez scored her New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) leading 13th goal of the season three minutes later, taking a pass from Park and firing a 20 yard laser that Harvey could do nothing about.
Goal scorer turned provider a minute later when Lussiez took the ball down the right side of the pitch and centered for substitute Casandra Ceri, who grabbed her first goal of the year by finishing into a gaping net. Within four minutes, MIT had taken a 3-0 advantage. By the half, they would extend it to four goals to nil through Alix de Monts, who scored a similar goal to Ceri's, taking her cross from midfielder Allison Park. It was the second goal of this campaign for De Monts.
Andrea Park, who now has nine assists on the season, completed her hat trick of assists in the 62nd minute when she found Emily Kuo who turned into space and netted the fifth goal of the afternoon.
Park was rewarded by Coach Martin Desmarais with extended playing time in a game in which he used his bench liberally. She was also given the opportunity to score her first goal of the season when MIT was awarded a penalty kick in the 72nd minute. The sophomore cashed in by punching the ball high into the back of the net to complete the 6-0 score line.
Meghan Wright and the Engineers defenders did what they have done all year – post a shutout by holding the opponents to just one shot on goal, an early effort from Margaret Hanmer that was easily saved. Wright improves her record to 11-2 and has allowed just five goals in 13 games all season.
Despite the final, Elaine Harvey played well in goal for the Lyons, making 12 saves in a game that saw the Engineers fire 31 shots, 18 of them on goal. Harvey made two early saves on Kuo and stopped a point-blank effort from Merricka Livingstone that kept the game scoreless in the opening quarter of an hour.
The Lyons committed 15 fouls to just 6 by the hosts, and MIT took eight corners, while Mount Holyoke never earned a free kick from the corner flag.
Kuo and Hernley each scored their tenth goal of the season for MIT, although Hernley left the pitch after her tally and did not return for any of the final 65 minutes of play.
Hernley was one of six seniors honored in a pre-game ceremony before their final regular season home game. The other members of the class of 2011 include right back Claire DeRosa, goalie Katy Olesnavage, midfielder Sarah Vega, backliner Monique Squiers, and midfielder Edith Reshef.
The Engineers improve to 12-2 this year, including finishing their home schedule with an 8-1 mark. They will play three straight NEWMAC games, starting this Tuesday at Wellesley where they will bring a 5-1 conference record. Mount Holyoke will travel to WPI on Tuesday with a 1-4-1 NEWMAC ledger in tow.