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Engineers Defeat Bisons; Seniors Lead Scoring

By Mindy Brauer

Five second-half goals helped propel MIT Field Hockey to a 7-1 victory over Nichols College in non-conference action on Tuesday night. HeeJay Kang ’07 led all scorers with three goals while Annamaria E. Ayuso ’07 scored a goal and dished two assists.

The Engineers (3-3) opened the scoring 13:33 into the contest when Sharon M. Prange ’07 directed a deflection from the Bison’s netminder to Kang for the goal.

Nichols’ Whitney Shillieto scored the equalizer for her team (2-4) six and a half minutes later on Stephanie Magni’s pass during the scramble following a penalty corner.

Tech regained the lead in the 30th minute when Ayuso redirected a feed from Nirupama Yeechoor ’10 for the game-winner. Although MIT held a 12-2 advantage in shots, it entered the intermission with a slim 2-1 edge.

The Engineers maintained their offensive pressure after the break and eventually tied an Institute record for goals scored in the second half with five. Kang sparked a four-goal scoring spree during the first 15 minutes after connecting on a pass from Yeechoor. Prange scored her first goal of the season when she fired a shot from the top of the circle that went untouched into the cage.

In a span of 2:30, Ayuso recorded back-to-back assists on goals by Ekavali Mishra ’10 and Kang. Cristina F. Stefanescu ’08 capped the scoring with less than two minutes remaining with a blast from the top right side of the arc that dropped inside the far post.

In net, Alexa C. Herman ’08 made three saves for the Engineers while Mary Kate Bednarz collected 10 for the Bison.