REHOBOTH, Mass. - The Wheaton College field hockey team saw its program-high-tying eight-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, as the Lyons dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at Faxon Field.
Wheaton fell to 10-3 overall while losing on its home field for the first time in 2010. The setback was also the Lyons' first in league play, as Wheaton falls to 4-1 against NEWMAC competition. Extending its win streak to eight games, MIT improved to 12-1 overall and 5-0.
Senior Jessica Oleinik (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who became the Engineers' all-time leading scorer with 43 career goals, scored twice today, while junior Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) added a goal and an assist in leading MIT to the win.
Klauber opened the scoring off a rebound of her own shot to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead at 8:29. The goal marked Klauber's team-leading 14th of the season. Oleinik doubled MIT's advantage with an unassisted tally at 23:07.
Senior Jessica Strock (Centerville, Mass./Barnstable) answered for Wheaton just 27 seconds later to make it a 2-1 game heading into halftime. Strock's 16th goal of the season moved her into a tie for fourth place on the school's single-season list. The Lyons trailed despite a 12-5 first-half advantage in shots and a 4-1 edge in penalty corners.
MIT needed just 13 seconds following the intermission to extend its lead to 3-1. Klauber carried the ball down the field off the draw before feeding Oleinik for her second goal. Junior Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) had Wheaton's best chance of the second half, but Engineer senior goalie Keri Dixon (Bethlehem, Pa./Singapore American School) made a diving save to deny Asack with approximately 31 minutes left to preserve the two-goal lead.
Wheaton freshman Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) finished with a season-high 11 saves, including nine in the second half. Dixon made eight stops for MIT. The Lyons held a 17-16 edge in shots and took six of the game's 13 penalty corners.
Wheaton faces its toughest test of the season tomorrow afternoon at Bowdoin College, which is ranked sixth in the country by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Game time in Brunswick, Maine, is set for 2:00 p.m.