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Field Hockey Shuts Out Clark 3-0

Prange Assists Hunter on Two Goals, Team Clinches Postseason Berth

By Mindy Brauer
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION

The MIT field hockey team clinched a spot in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament following a 3-0 victory over Clark University on Saturday.

Amanda P. Hunter ’07 scored two goals and Sharon M. Prange ’07 added two assists and a goal for the Engineers (5-10, 2-5 NEWMAC).

MIT opened the scoring early when it recorded what proved to be the game-winning goal after 5:15 had expired. On a penalty corner, Prange set up Hunter for her second score of the season.

The game then became a defensive battle as the Engineers only mustered two more shots while the Cougars (4-11, 1-6 NEWMAC) struggled to reach their offensive zone for the rest of the first half.

The early stages of the second half were much like the first, with MIT doubling its advantage 2:13 into the frame. A shot by Cristina F. Stefanescu ’08 was stopped by Clark’s netminder, but the rebound went directly to Prange. She then found Hunter for the duo’s second goal and assist of the day.

Over nine minutes later, the Cougars threatened to end the shutout on a shot by Brooke Osgood. Following a save by Alexa C. Herman ’08 on the strike, Clark received its first penalty corner of the game. Ginny Mike attempted to put the Cougars on the board but her shot sailed wide.

The Engineers capped the scoring in the 51st minute on another penalty corner. Annamaria E. Ayuso ’07 sent the ball to Stefanescu who directed it to Prange. After several touches, Prange sent a blast into the back of the cage.

In net, Herman earned her second shutout of the season and the seventh of her career while making one save. Kaitlin Kelley collected seven saves for the Cougars and took the loss.

Both squads will wrap up regular season NEWMAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 24. MIT will host Wheaton College at 6:00 p.m. while Clark will travel to Smith College for a 6:30 p.m. start.