BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.) tallied two goals and an assist as the MIT field hockey team defeated Simmons College, 5-3, in its season-opener on Thursday night. The victory marked the sixth year in a row the Engineers started their season with a win.
Freshman Emily Penn (Elkridge, Md.) opened the scoring for MIT as she collected the rebound off her own shot and then put the ball into the right corner for her first intercollegiate goal at the 19:36 mark. The visitors extended their lead a minute later following a penalty corner. Junior Molly McNamara (Auburn, Mass.) sent the ball from the top left of the circle to Dethy who knocked it into the right corner. The Sharks replied with three quick shots, all of which were turned away by junior goalie Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J.).
The game became a back-and-forth affair until Simmons ended the shutout with just under six minutes left in the half, narrowing the gap to 2-1. This was as close as it would get as Penn responded with a backhand strike from 10 yards out almost three minutes later. Kyritsis recorded a save shortly after the restart, which eventually led to Dethy finding sophomore Tate DeWeese (Towson, Md.) in front of the cage with 56 seconds on the clock.
The Cardinal and Gray carried the momentum into the second stanza as Dethy redirected a feed from sophomore Keeley Erhardt (Ann Arbor, Mich.), extending the lead to 5-1 after 3:55 elapsed. A defensive battle ensued until the Sharks ended the stalemate with 24:07 on the clock. Following an exchange of possessions, MIT rattled off seven shots, five of which on net, in a three-minute span late in regulation. However, it was Simmons that found the back of the net with 1:25 left to play.
Kyritsis finished with nine saves in 48 minutes of action as junior Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y.) closed out the game with one stop. MIT notched 18 shots on goal while all 13 of the Sharks' attempts were on net. The Engineers also recorded a 9-1 advantage in penalty corners.
Next up for MIT will be its home-opener on Saturday, Sept. 6 against UMass Dartmouth.