Women stickers lose, 2-1, in OT
By David Rothstein
The field hockey team lost a tough one to Western New England College Saturday at Jack Barry Field. The Engineers held a 1-0 lead for most of the game, but WNEC scored with 1:18 left in the second half, and went on to win, 2-1, in overtime.
It was almost a storybook finish for MIT (0-2), but junior Lisa Primiano's shot from 10 yards out at the regulation time buzzer drifted wide, just right of the goal.
Encouraged by their late score, WNEC took control of the overtime, keeping MIT on the defensive until Golden Bear senior Lynda Gates scored with 1:38 left in the 10-minute overtime period.
"We were more frantic than discouraged at the end," said MIT's captain, Karlin Anderson '91, after the game. "But with experience, we gain confidence and patience."
The Engineers are a young team, and although improvement on their performance during last Thursday's season-opening loss to Wheaton College was evident, it was not enough to hold back WNEC's late surge.
Forward Susie Ward '92 put the Engineers on the board 11:39 into the first half with a goal, assisted by Christie Hebert '94.
The second half saw WNEC spending more and more time in MIT territory, and Tech goalie Helen Shaughnessy '91 (13 saves) was kept busy. With 9:00 left in the game, the Golden Bears began their final push, which ended with the late score. WNEC attempted six corner shots unsuccessfully in the closing minutes of regulation time, but on the seventh, Paula Hansen slapped a low shot into the back of the goal, past Shaughnessy, who had just made two consecutive saves.
After the game MIT coach Sue Landau said that when WNEC scored late in regulation time, it was "like the carpet was pulled out from under us."
Although Landau felt her team played much better and more aggressively than in its first outing, she said that WNEC outplayed MIT for the majority of the game. "We just monopolized on their mistakes."
MIT travels to Gordon College this afternoon.