Field Hockey Captures Third Place At Betty Richey TournamentSalem State Women’s Soccer Tops MIT, 1-0 Cross Country Captures Engineers’ Cup over RPI and WPI

Field Hockey Captures Third Place At Betty Richey Tournament

For the third consecutive season, the MIT Field Hockey Team captured third-place in the Betty Richey Tournament hosted by Vassar College. The Engineers overpowered Elms College 11-0 in Sunday’s consolation game, after dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss to the host school on Saturday.

In Saturday’s first round match-up, MIT battled Vassar to a stalemate for the first 70 minutes, including a second half that saw numerous chances for both teams. Vassar sent MIT into the consolation round just over three minutes into the overtime, as Rachel Lowenthal converted a loose ball in front of the net that the Engineer defense was unable to clear after Dixon stopped the Ducks’ initial shot attempt.

Against Elms, Jessica M. Oleinik ’11 registered four goals and Danielle C. Smith ’11 recorded a hat trick of her own. Anna H. Teruya ’12, Ekavali Mishra ’10, Alona Birjiniuk ’09, and Virginia L. Nicholson ’12 also contributed to the Engineers’ scoring as Tech outshot the Blazers 26-3. Keri A. Dixon ’12 made a pair of saves to secure her second shutout in three games.

Teruya and Mishra represented MIT on the All-Tournament team. The Engineers now return home, after completing a six game road swing, to face Daniel Webster on Friday, Sept. 19 at 6:00 p.m.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Salem State Women’s Soccer Tops MIT, 1-0

MIT yielded a rare and unfortunate own goal in the 64th minute on Saturday as Salem State women’s soccer remained undefeated with a 1-0 decision at Roberts Field.

The Engineers outshot the Lady Vikings 6-3 and were poised to deliver the mild upset until an untimely deflection off a cross by Amber Warnick gave the visitors the lone goal of the match. MIT controlled the midfield for a majority of the contest, but was unable to generate a serious threat.

Leah Potcner made two stops en route to her fourth consecutive shutout to begin her collegiate career while MIT keeper Stephanie V. Brenman ’09 was untested until making a save in the 87th minute.

The Lady Vikings have been impressive on the defensive end to begin the 2008 campaign, completing the first two weeks of the regular season without allowing a goal.

—James Kramer, DAPER Staff

Cross Country Captures Engineers’ Cup over RPI and WPI

Both the MIT men’s and women’s cross country teams captured first place in Saturday’s Engineers’ Cup at Franklin Park. Jacqui M. Wentz ’10 led an impressive showing by the MIT women’s team. Tech missed a perfect score by just one place, finishing with a final total of 16 points to beat out RPI (51) and WPI (72).

On the men’s side, Tech’s 23 points gave them the title over RPI (45) and WPI (71).

Wentz broke the tape in 19:21, leading a pack of four Tech runners to finish the five-kilometer course in under 20 minutes. Andrea E. Bradshaw’s ’09 19:48 split was good for second, Elizabeth M. Finn ’09 crossed the finish line in third at 19:56, and Jennifer A. Doyle ’09 (4th) followed close behind at 19:58. Only RPI’s Erin Kyle (5th) was able to finish ahead of any of MIT’s top six. Kathryn A. Gordon ’11 rounded out the scoring for the Engineers, finishing sixth in 20:13.

For the men, Arumugam finished with a time of 26:33. RPI’s Chris Donais was next to complete the 8 kilometer course at 26:46. Gihan S. Amarasiriwardena ’11 had the next best time for MIT, placing fourth with a 27:06 split, leading a pack of four consecutive Tech finishers. Paul D. Welle ’11 came in fifth at 27:09, William S. Phipps ’09 followed close behind, finishing at 27:12, and Kevin. G. Kleinguetl’s ’11 27:17 was good for seventh. Trevor B. Rundell ’09 (9th) and Matthew F. Bieniosek ’09 (11th) rounded out the scoring for MIT.

­—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff