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Women's hockey snows Simmons

By Cynthia M. Bedell

The MIT women's field hockey team romped its way to a 7-0 victory over Simmons College on Tuesday. Team members were ecstatic, since this win followed the hard fought loss to undefeated Clark College on Saturday. Coach Cheryl Silva said the win sets the team up well for the coming games, especially the game at Smith College this Saturday, which is expected to be a challenge.

The MIT offense was unrelenting, and dominated the first half with at least 18 shots on goal. The MIT defense kept Simmons from even one serious attack during the half. Susan D. Ward '92 took advantage of the pressure her teammates put on Simmons, and turned the half into a scoring fest. At 2:56, she scored the first goal unassisted. Five minutes later, Meera Saini '95 fed her a smooth pass, and Ward put it away.

For 20 hard-fought minutes, Simmons seemed to get a defensive hold. They kept MIT to a half dozen shots on goal without a score, but were unable to turn on their own offense. Simmons' goalie Kristen Finch hung in there, and the score remained 2-0 for MIT. In the last minutes of the half, Robin A. Krolikowski '93 fed a pass to Saini, who again assisted a scoring Ward. Ward earned her first hat trick for the season. Cynthia J. Doane '95 closed out the half with another one in the Simmons net, bringing the score to 4-0, in MIT's favor.

MIT started the second half with a rush on goal. This set Doane up for a second goal of the game, off a well executed corner shot. Simmons came back apparently determined to reverse the situation, but was unable to capitalize on any of their shots. MIT goalie Helen D. Shaughnessy '93 made five saves during this half. Kimberly A. Williams '92 and Sarah D. Brooks '95 on defense were crucial in thwarting the Simmons attack and limiting shots on goal.

MIT finally got some momentum back, and Catherine J. Mangion '95 scored on a breakaway. Four minutes later, Mangion lunged to rescue a pass from leaving the field at the end line. Her resulting backward pass set up Ward for her fourth goal of the game. From this point, on MIT never let up: with 1:29 left in the game, Saini broke away up the middle, dodged Simmons' defense of Amy Walker, and punched the ball past the goalie.

This win takes the MIT record to 6-2-1, with a third-place ranking in the conference.

Cynthia M. Bedell '93 is an alumna of the women's field hockey team.