Field Hockey Wins 3rd in a RowBy Cathy Mangion
and Meera Saini
The women's varsity field hockey team captured its eighth win of the season by defeating Wheaton College on Saturday. Despite a sluggish start, the Engineers dominated most of the game. They relentlessly pressured Wheaton and gained momentum by scoring halfway through the first period off of a penalty corner. Co-captain Mary Beth Richards '94 scored the goal, assisted by Katherine Merrilees '97 and Cathy Mangion '95.
Both teams came out strongly after halftime, but the MIT defense and goalkeeper Meg Golden '97 shut down the Wheaton offense. Golden had her best game of the season and provided the turning point of the second half when she saved a penalty stroke attempt. Shortly afterward, Merrilees scored off of another penalty corner, with assists from Richards and Mangion.
MIT completely dominated the rest of the game, displaying good teamwork and strong execution of the players' various skills.
The Engineers currently have a season record of 9-4 and a New England Women's Eight conference record of 2-3. After a disappointing loss to Smith last week, the team has moved on to a three-game winning streak with wins against Elms and Pine Manor colleges. MIT defeated Elms 1-0 on a goal by Meera Saini '95, assisted by Ann Torres '96. Pine Manor was crushed 8-0 with contributions from the entire squad. The leading goal scorers are Merrilees and Carla Oshiro '95.
The defensive line-up of Pattie Hahn '96, Richards, Ellen Hwang '97, Wendy Silverburg '96, and Mangion have been extremely effective at shutting down the opponents' offense. Co-captains Wendy Russell '94 and Juintow Lin '95 have continually exhibited strong play and support, as well as by the entire MIT bench.
This week MIT takes on UMass-Dartmouth on Tuesday, followed by Nichols College on Thursday and Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday.