Field Hockey Overpowers MIT, 4-1
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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Oct. 25, 2008) - Senior Anne Doton, racked up two goals and one assist to power the Mount Holyoke College women's field hockey team to a convincing 4-1 triumph over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at the Mount Holyoke Turf Field. It was the Lyons third straight win and fourth over a league foe this season. The Engineers remained winless in NEWMAC play.
Prior to the contest, a dedication ceremony took place for Mount Holyoke's new track and turf field. Featured speakers at the event included President Joanne V. Creighton, Director of Physical Education and Athletics Laurie Priest, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Chair Lisa Nash, Leslie Anne Miller '73 and Katie Kraschel '06. The pre-game festivities also included a Senior Day celebration, in which Doton and classmate Allie Walsh were honored for their contributions to the program.
Over the course of the day, donations were accepted, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Fans were encouraged to wear pink and contribute to research initiatives, as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team partnered with the Play 4 the Cure Foundation to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer through the "Play Pink" initiative. "Play Pink" is a nationwide, unified effort by field hockey teams to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the field, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Members of the Mount Holyoke team were sporting pink t-shirts during their pre-game warm-ups.
Playing in front of their largest crowd of the season, the Lyons jumped out to a 1-0 advantage 14:25 into the match. Using an assist from Mary Kate Switchenko, Peggy Wefald found the cage for what proved to be the winner. The junior forward positioned herself right in front of the cage and redirected a shot by Switchenko.
Eight minutes later, Doton scored her first of two goals to put Mount Holyoke in front 2-0. After dribbling unguarded into the circle, she ripped a shot past MIT sophomore goalkeeper Keri Dixon.
The Lyons expanded their cushion to 3-0 in the 27th minute, when first year Jess Fajardo received a short pass from Doton in the circle and scored from close range.
Mount Holyoke added to its 3-0 halftime advantage in the 44th minute, when Doton took advantage of a penalty corner opportunity to record her eight goal of the season. First year Shara Robertson started the play with a pass from the corner. Doton collected the feed outside the circle, took a couple steps toward the cage and snapped a shot past Dixon.
MIT finally got on the board in the 60th minute, when junior midfielder Nirupama Yechoor posted her fourth goal of the fall off an assist from classmate Ekavali Mishra. The Engineers scored their lone goal off of a penalty corner set. After collecting the ball in the right corner, Mishra slipped a pass to the middle of the circle to Yechoor, who placed a shot past Walsh.
The Lyons finished with advantages in both shots (19-9) and penalty corner chances (10-6). Walsh made six saves en route to her seventh win of the season. At the other end, Dixon turned away eight shots for the guests.
Mount Holyoke (9-6, 4-4 NEWMAC) has clinched a spot in the NEWMAC Tournament. The Lyons will take the field for a Quarterfinal Round contest next Saturday against a yet to be determined opponent. Time and location of the match will be announced at a later date. MIT (5-12, 0-7 NEWMAC) will return to action on Tuesday, when it hosts Clark University for a league tilt beginning at 6:00 p.m.
For more information about the "Play Pink" initiative, as well as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, please visit Play 4 the Cure on the web at www.play4thecure.com.