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The New England College Pilgrims defeated MIT 5-1 in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday as Jodie Dresser led a balanced scoring attack. Virginia L. Nicholson ’12 provided the lone goal for the Engineers in her intercollegiate debut.

Dresser put NEC on the board 12 minutes into the contest when she scored off a feed from Heather DiNapoli. DiNapoli added to the total 11 minutes later, scoring on a rebound in front of the net. Sarah Feugill extended the Pilgrims’ lead to 3-0 just three minutes later, converting a pass from Dresser. Ashley Simula would give the Pilgrims a 4-0 halftime advantage when she put home an unassisted goal in the 31st minute. NEC controlled much of the first half, outshooting MIT 16-1.

Marissa Ayotte scored to make it 5-0 less than three minutes into the second half. MIT would finally get on the board in the 61st minute as Nicholson put home a rebound off one of the Engineers’ 11 shots in the second-half. MIT had a chance to narrow the margin on a penalty stroke in the final minute, but was unable to convert.

Keri A. Dixon ’12 collected 12 saves for the Engineers in her debut in net, while Mary Roux stopped eight shots for NEC.

MIT now sets off on a six game road trip, not returning home until Friday, Sept. 19.