Oct. 23, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Freshman striker Amy Ludlum scored in the ninth minute after receiving a beautiful pass from senior Lydia Helliwell to lead MIT to a critical win over Springfield College in NEWMAC play on Saturday. Kat Vater stopped 13 shots in the game to record her fourth straight shutout as MIT improved to 7-5-4 overall and 3-3-2 in the Conference. With the loss, Springfield falls to 5-9-2 (3-4-1).
The Engineers punched in their first scoring chance of the afternoon as Helliwell kicked a strong pass over top of the defense from about 20 yards out. Ludlum corralled the feed and delivered a strike over the head of the outstretched hands of Christina Davis that provided MIT with all the scoring they would need.
Springfield pressured the MIT defense all afternoon, outshooting Tech, 17-12. Despite the pressure, Tech's defense forced the Pride to take many of its early shots well outside the box. Springfield had chances during the second half to tie the game; however Vater made several critical stops that kept the Pride off the board. Springfield's best chance late came off the foot of Jess Denehy in the 85th minute, who fired a rocket from the right side that Vater jumped in the air to save.
Vater stopped all 13 shots on the day to ensure her seventh whitewash of the campaign and her fourth consecutive shutout. She hasn't surrendered a goal since October 12 at Wheaton, a span covering 441 minutes. Christina Davis made seven saves for Springfield in the loss.