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Field Hockey Drops Close Decision, Loses to Wheaton, 1-0

Senior Alisa Ardito provided the lone goal of the game, just over two minutes in to lead Wheaton College past MIT, 1-0, in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference field hockey action Tuesday night. The Engineers have now lost four one-goal contests during their NEWMAC campaign.

Ardito gathered the rebound off of Emily Asack’s original attempt and pushed it past MIT goalkeeper Keri A. Dixon ’12 to score. The teams battled to a stalemate for the remaining 67 minutes, as each team managed only a few scoring chances. The best of which came for Wheaton in the 62nd minute when Asack’s shot from the top of the circle bounced off of the side of the goalpost.

MIT’s best scoring opportunity came early in the second half. However, Wheaton goalkeeper Andrea Bagley was able to make consecutive saves on shots by Alexandra A. Wright ’11 and Jessica M. Oleinik ’11 to preserve the slim lead.

For the game, Wheaton outshot MIT, 12-8, while the Engineers held a slim 4-3 advantage in penalty corners. Dixon made three saves in the losing effort.

MIT looks for that elusive first conference win on Saturday, October 25 when they travel to Mount Holyoke.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Women’s Volleyball Blanks Babson, 3-0

Alexandra T. May ’10 registered 14 kills to help visiting MIT cruise to a 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 victory over host Babson College in a NEWMAC women’s volleyball match on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 17-12 overall and 6-1 in the conference while the Beavers slipped to 13-7 on the year and 4-3 in the NEWMAC.

In addition to her match-high 14 kills, May tallied five service aces and eight digs. Barden E. Cleeland ’10 recorded eight kills while Cecily L. Joujon-Roche ’12 chipped in with four kills and four blocks. Catherine Melnikow ’10 dished out 24 assists as Katrina M. Ellison ’10 posted five digs, four kills, four assists, and two blocks. Jennifer Li ’11 added four kills, three digs, and two blocks to the Engineers’ cause.

Caitlin O’Neill paced Babson with nine kills and a .350 hitting performance. Meg Flaherty contributed eight kills and four digs as Shanna Glassner collected a match-high 10 digs. Anna Belz distributed 19 assists for the Beavers.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Men’s Soccer Sets Records In Win Over Johnson & Wales

A 2-0 victory over visiting Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday resulted in two new milestones for the MIT men’s soccer team. The Engineers, who improved to 14-1-1 on the year, registered their Institute-record ninth shutout of the campaign, surpassing the previous mark set in 2004. Individually, Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 collected his seventh shutout of the season, eclipsing the standard initially established by Raja Jindal ‘95 in 1996 and then equaled by Morgan Mills ’05 in 2004.

MIT ended the game’s early deadlock in the 27th minute when Jason Zhu ’11 made a run down the far sideline. He then sent a throughball to Christian W. Therkelsen ’11 who directed his shot to the far lower right corner for his team-leading 12th goal of the season.

MIT continued to attack in the second half and found success in the 51st minute. Therkelsen sent a strike at net that was stopped by Johnson & Wales goalie Austin Carpenter, however, the ensuing rebound bounced in front of the goal line. Zachary E. Kabelac ’12 quickly tapped the ball in for his 10th goal of the year. Although the Engineers outshot Johnson & Wales, 10-1, down the stretch, the remainder of the game was a defensive battle. MIT almost added a third goal midway through the period but Tony Nichols cleared Andrew M. Bishara’s ’09 shot off the line.

The Engineers had the upper hand in shots (26-7) and corner kicks (9-2), but the Wildcats’ defensive efforts kept them within striking distance. Caldwell collected three saves for MIT while Carpenter posted 12 saves for Johnson & Wales.

MIT will return to conference play on Saturday, Oct. 25, hosting NEWMAC foe Wheaton College.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff