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Field Hockey Team Shuts Out Clark U. in Stunning Victory

By Catherine Mangion
Team Member

The women's field hockey team defeated Clark University this past weekend with a score of 20. The win was a stunning achievement given Clark's history of dominance in New England field hockey. In each of the three previous meetings between the two teams, the Engineers were shut out.

On Saturday, however, MIT displayed impressive teamwork and controlled the game almost from the onset. Clark was only able to penetrate the MIT defense of Pattie Hahn '96, co-Captain Catherine Mangion '95, Wendy Silverberg '96, Katherine Merrilees '97, and Ellen Hwang '97 once throughout the entire game. Two Clark players attempted to score on a breakaway play but were thwarted by goalie Laura Walker '97. Walker blocked several more shots before the MIT defensive unit was able to clear the ball out.

MIT's first goal was scored on a penalty corner shot about 15 minutes into the game. Mangion hit the ball out to Merrilees who stopped the ball for Carla Oshiro '95. Oshiro then drove the ball past the Clark defenders and the goalie, into the left corner of the cage. The second goal came 10 minutes later off a shot by Merrilees, assisted by Mangion.

In the second half, MIT dominated the game again but was unable to convert on a number of scoring opportunities. The Engineer defense continued to stymie the Clark offense and prevented the Clark players from taking any shots at the MIT goal.

The strong play and determination of the entire team contributed to the win. The field hockey team hopes to repeat Saturday's performance when it faces Anna Maria College Thursday evening, and Western New England College Saturday afternoon.