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Field Hockey Still Undefeated

By Catherine Mangion
Team Member

The field hockey team continued to dominate its opponents last week as it defeated Anna Maria College and Western New England by scores of 80 and 41, respectively. The team's record now stands at 30.

Last Thursday, MIT faced Anna Maria. From the onset of the game, the Engineers dominated and scored their first goal only three minutes into the game off of a Carla Oshiro '95-Katherine Merrilees '97-Catherine Mangion '95 penalty corner play.

Despite having numerous opportunities to score throughout the half, MIT did not score again until there were less than 12 minutes remaining in the half. Co-captain Meera Saini '95 dodged the Anna Maria goalie and scored an unassisted goal.

In the second half, the Engineers proceeded to crush Anna Maria by scoring six goals. Two of these goals were separated by only 21 seconds. Merrilees, Stephanie Maifert '98, Oshiro, Ann Torres '96, and Daphne Karydas G all put the ball into the Anna Maria net. Karydas scored twice.

MIT took a total of 47 shots in the game while Anna Maria was unable to take a single shot.

When asked to comment on the game Coach Cheryl Silva said, "We continue to dominate with strong offensive control, keeping the ball in the attacking circle for most of the game. Our defense has been extraordinary in not allowing a defensive corner in two games."

Despite the oppressive heat during Saturday's game, the field hockey team was able to defeat WNEC handily. The heat was a factor throughout the game, sapping players' energy. However, MIT was able to dominate during most of the game.

In the first half only one goal was scored by MIT even though 21 shots were taken by the offense. Maifert, assisted by Saini, put the ball into the net with 19 minutes remaining in the first half.

WNEC, however, was very aggressive in the second half and scored a goal about 10 minutes into the game. Sluggish play by MIT, compounded by mistakes, allowed WNEC to take this scoring opportunity.

However, Oshiro responded by scoring a goal less than a minute later. This goal revitalized the MIT players who had been showing definite signs of fatigue. Ten minutes later, Saini scored, assisted by Merrilees. Merrilees also assisted Juintow Lin '95 who scored her first goal of the season with under five minutes remaining in the game.

Coach Silva described the WNEC game as "the most challenging game to date - we were not as consistent in our play as we had been, but the experience and leadership of the veteran players helped to pull us over the hump. Answering back with an immediate goal after they scored gave us the momentum to push on."

This week, the Engineers face Gordon College and Babson College in away games and Wheelock College at home. The Babson game will be MIT's first New England men's Eight Conference game.