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Field Hockey Outlasts Nichols in Double Overtime, 3-2

Jessica M. Oleinik ’11 converted a feed from Nirupama Yechoor ’10 eleven minutes into the second overtime period to lift MIT to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Nichols College in non-conference field hockey action Tuesday. The win was the Engineers’ third in a row.

In addition to scoring the game’s final goal, Oleinik put the first points on the board, deflecting Anna H. Teruya’s ’12 shot from the top of the circle off of a penalty corner 23 minutes into the first half. Lauren Correia evened up the match for Nichols under three minutes later, scoring her first goal of the season. Teruya regained the lead for the Engineers as she deposited a laser into the back of the net after another penalty corner. MIT outshot the Bison 9-4 in the first half.

Chelsea Correia erased MIT’s lead 11:30 into the second half as she deflected a shot coming off of a Nichols corner. That score would hold for the rest of regulation as well as an action-packed first overtime period that saw the two teams combine for 12 shots, setting up Oleinik’s eventual game-winner.

For the game, the Engineers held a 30-15 advantage in shots and had 10 penalty corners compared to four for the Bison. Keri A. Dixon ’11 made five saves to pick up the win.

MIT will now host WPI on Saturday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. in their NEWMAC opener.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

MIT Blanks Emerson, 4-0

With a pair of goals from Zachary E. Kabelac ’12, the MIT men’s soccer team seized a 4-0 victory over Emerson College in the inaugural meeting between the two programs on Monday. The win lifted the Engineers’ record to 7-0-1 on the season as goalie Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 made two saves and collected the 14th shutout of his career, tying the Institute mark set by Morgan Mills ’05.

MIT had numerous chances to get on the board early in the contest but its shots were just off the mark. Kabelac ended the deadlock in the 21st minute when he chased down a pass from Max S. Stein-Golenbock ’12 and beat the Lions’ defense for his sixth goal of the season. A defensive battle ensued for the remainder of the first half as each side combined for eight shots after MIT recorded a 7-1 advantage prior to Kabelac’s goal.

The Engineers continued to attack in the second half, tallying six shots and four corner kicks during the first 10 minutes. Following an offsides call, MIT’s Andrew M. Bishara ’09 regained possession of the ball and found Kabelac whose shot was initially deflected by Emerson netminder Jonas Imbert. Kabelac immediately headed the airborne ball to the right side of the net in the 59th minute. MIT extended its lead to 3-0 when Chase T. Anderson ’11 set up Jason Zhu ’11 for a 25-yard shot that landed in the top right corner of the goal. Peter Bojo ’11 capped off MIT’s scoring with 1:21 left in the game.

MIT continues play on Thursday, Sept. 25.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

MIT Names Rick Chrusciel Head Women’s Ice Hockey Coach

Rick Chrusciel, who has spent the past five years as a coach in the Assabet Valley hockey program, has been named the head coach of MIT women’s ice hockey as announced by Athletic Director Julie Soriero.

While at Assabet Valley, Chrusciel most recently directed a team comprised of high school and college-level players. In addition to leading his squad to a first place finish in the New England Girls Hockey League Atlantic Division in 2007-08, Chrusciel served as coach of the Central/Western Massachusetts Girls Scholastic team that won gold at the 2008 Bay State Games.

As a player, Chrusciel was a member of the Portland Royals of the Western Hockey League and also played under legendary coach Jack Parker while at Boston University.

Chrusciel’s appointment marks the sixth coach in the history of the MIT women’s ice hockey program. As head coach, his responsibilities will include all on-ice instruction, as well as player evaluation and recruiting.

­—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff