MIT takes down Wellesley Field hockey team improves to 9-3-2 overall and 5-0-1 in conference after 3–0 shutout

Three different MIT players located the back of the Wellesley College net in the second half of Tuesday’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference (NEWMAC) match as the Engineers defeated the Blue, 3-0, at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. With the win, MIT improves to 9-3-2 overall and 5-0-1 in conference play, while Wellesley falls to 7-6-2 and 1-4-0.

Following a scoreless first half, Olivia M. Struckman ’18 converted on Tech’s third shot of the second half after receiving a pass from Ambika K. Krishnamachar ’15. Struckman collected the pass on the far side and fired home her seventh goal of the season at 51:47. MIT doubled their advantage roughly five minutes later when Ashley J. Peter ’15 located Morgan K. Moroi ’16, who drilled a shot from the far side of the field, which curved past Wellesley junior goalkeeper Kat Goldsmith and landed in the middle of the cage for her fifth goal of the season.

Anjali M. Krishnamachar ’17 sealed the win for the hosts with her initial goal of the season at 80:02 when she pounced on a rebound following a shot by Peter. Krishnamachar collected the loose ball that bounced off a diving Goldsmith and sailed her only shot of the contest into the Wellesley net. Wellesley attempted to stop the three-goal run with a header in the box by Rianna Aylward ’17 that sailed wide of the far post at 85:10.

MIT outshot Wellesley, 16-4, and held an advantage in corners, four to two. Lauren S. Ullmann ’17, who started the game in net for MIT, recorded just one save, while Hannah M. Zlotnick ’17, who played the final 25 minutes, registered two stops. Wellesley senior goalkeeper Claire Cerda played the first half for the Blue, but did not record a single save, while Goldsmith, who played the entire second half, turned away three shots.

Both teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. as MIT hosts Smith College, while Wellesley entertains WPI.