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A strong performance by MIT’s defense that produced a 37-3 advantage in shots helped the Engineers defeat Lasell College, 2-0, in a non-conference field hockey game on Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinal and Gray’s second straight shutout lifted its ledger to 5-0 on the season.

After a series of shots that were either blocked or saved, MIT broke through after 7:22 expired. Elizabeth A. Dethy ’15 found Morgan O’Brien ’17 at the far post who then slipped the ball past the goalie for her first marker of the season. The Engineers controlled the action for most of the half as they recorded four penalty corners and six shots on goal during the next 17 minutes. The Lasers’ first dangerous opportunity materialized with 8:54 on the clock when they received a penalty corner but the ensuing shot was wide.

MIT’s stingy defense along with its persistent attack returned in the second half; however, Lasell was up to the challenge as it fought off eight penalty corners and 15 shots, 10 of which were on goal. The Engineers eventually ended the stalemate when Molly McNamara ’16 knocked in the rebound of Tate E. DeWeese’s ’17 shot that was initially saved with 10:13 left to play. Goalie Paige V. Kennedy ’16 preserved the shutout for the visitors by turning away two shots down the stretch.

Evie S. Kyritsis ’16 did not have to make a save in the first 35 minutes of action before making way for Kennedy. As a team, Tech enjoyed a 24-2 advantage in shots on goal and an 18-2 margin in penalty corners.

Next up for MIT will be its NEWMAC opener against Springfield College on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jack Barry Field.