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WPI Beats MIT Field Hockey 5-1 with 4 First Half Goals

By Mindy Brauer

A hat trick by Heather Hassett helped propel WPI to a 5-1 win over MIT in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey game on Tuesday. The victory was WPI’s first in conference play, improving its record to 1-2 in the league and 9-3 overall. MIT, which lost its third game in a row, fell to 1-2 in the conference and 4-7 for the year.

The early stages of the game were a midfield battle as neither team posted a shot until Hassett converted a feed from Maggie Elbag off a penalty corner in the eighth minute. WPI continued to control the ball as it doubled its advantage seven minutes later on Katie Nehmer’s unassisted tally.

Nicole Maglione set up Lindsay Mullins for her first goal of the season to give WPI a 3-0 lead with 14:11 left in the half. Hassett connected on Kelly Johnson’s pass to score the final goal of the period.

MIT returned to the field with new life following the intermission and fired five shots and four penalty corners during a two-minute span after posting just one penalty corner in the first half. The home team found success on its last penalty corner attempt as Amanda P. Hunter ’07 gathered the rebound of a Lauren L. McCarthy ’08 shot and directed the ball to Hee Jay Kang ’07 for the score, 4:47 into the second half.

WPI recorded the last goal of the game three minutes later. Nicole Maglione broke up an MIT pass and sprinted toward the circle where she sent the ball to Johnson who found Hassett for the goal. MIT continued to attack as it outshot WPI 8-4 down the stretch but could not find the back of the net.

Goalie Alexa C. Herman ’08 made two stops for MIT while Katherine M. Boothe ’09 picked up a defensive save. Mary Kate Toomey and Betsy Ray split the game for WPI, with Toomey earning the win and Ray recording ten saves.

Both squads will return to action tomorrow, Oct. 7, for more NEWMAC play. MIT will travel to Springfield College for a 1:00 p.m. start while WPI will host Clark University at 5:30 p.m.