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Barker’s Hat Trick Leads Field Hockey over Mount Holyoke

Kimberly A. Barker ’13 recorded her first career hat trick while senior Ekavali Mishra ’10 added a goal and three assists as MIT downed Mount Holyoke, 7-1, in a key New England Women’s and Men’s Atheltic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey match-up Saturday. With the win the Engineers (13-4) improve to 4-3 in NEWMAC play and move into a four-way tie for third place, with one league game remaining.

The Cardinal and Grey struck early with a pair of goals in the game’s first five minutes. Anna H. Teruya ’12 opened up the scoring just over three minutes in with a blast from the top of the circle off of a penalty corner. Barker would follow two minutes later, gathering the rebound and pushing it home for her 13th of the season. Barker converted another second-chance opportunity later in the frame, and completed her offensive outburst late in the period to send the Engineers into the half up 5-0.

Playing in the final regular season home game of her career, Mishra notched her first goal of the season 10 minutes into the second stanza. Katie Kauffman ’12 rounded out the scoring for MIT with her fifth of the season. The Cardinal and Grey outshot Mount Holyoke 21-18 and held a decisive 12-9 advantage in penalty corners. Five of Tech’s seven goals came as a direct result of a corner.

MIT will close out its regular season Tuesday night at Clark at 7:00 p.m. in a crucial game for positioning in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament, which begins next Saturday, October 31.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Women’s Tennis Advances to NEWMAC Semifinals

MIT hosted the 2009 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Tennis Championship this weekend.

The tournament’s first match was between MIT and Babson College, the Engineers looked to avenge their regular season loss from just four days ago. The Engineers pulled to a quick 2-1 lead after doubles play, and won the first two singles matches for a 4-1 lead. Babson responded with three straight singles wins, and everything came down to the #5 match between MIT’s Alexandra C. Hall ’12 and Babson’s Mikaela Stamas. The two split the first two sets, but Hall swept the third to give the Engineers a 5-4 victory, advancing them to the semifinals against the #2 Blue of Wellesley College.

In the semifinal, MIT hoped to follow their victory from Saturday afternoon with a win over Wellesley in a rematch of last year’s NEWMAC tournament championship. In doubles play, Leslie A. Hansen ’10 and Anastasia Vishnevetsky ’12 opened with an 8-2 victory, but Wellesley took the two other matches for a 2-1 lead.

Wellesley won four out the five singles matches to wrap up the match, with Vishnevetsky providing the only victory for the Engineers.

—Paul Blascovich, DAPER Staff