Molly K. Duffy ’14’s put-back early in the second half proved to be the game-winner as MIT defeated visiting Endicott College, 2-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday night. The win is the third straight for the Engineers, who improve to 9-2 on the 2011 campaign. Endicott falls to 1-7 with the loss.
The Gulls mounted a sustained attack on the Tech defense early on, outshooting MIT 4-1 in the game’s first 8 minutes, before taking the lead just under 10 minutes into the contest.
The Cardinal and Gray was able to stem the tide and turn the pressure around following the first Endicott goal, testing the Endicott defense with seven shots on goal over the next 8 minutes. The success was short-lived, however, as MIT was awarded a penalty stroke in the 18th minute, which Kathleen M. Kauffman ’12 converted to even things up at one midway through the frame.
The MIT attack persisted early in the second as the Engineers peppered the Endicott goal with five quick shots before Duffy recorded her game-winning tally. After entering the ball on a penalty corner, Duffy positioned herself on the far post and was in perfect position to collect the rebound off a shot by Kameron L. Klauber ’12 and push it home to put Tech ahead for good.
MIT had a number of chances to pick up an insurance marker down the stretch, earning 13 penalty corners in the second half and getting off 20 shots. Erin B. Kenney ’14 nearly registered her first career goal late in the game but her shot hit off the post.
Casey E. Landry ’14 and Jenna R. Klein ’15 split time in net for the Cardinal and Gray. MIT will return to NEWMAC play on Saturday, traveling to Smith College for a 1 p.m. contest.