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Field Hockey Falls to Babson But Upsets Gordon, Wheelock

By Catherine Mangion and Meera Saini
Team Members

Last week the MIT field hockey team played against Gordon College, Babson College, and Wheelock College, and came away with two wins. The first two games were away on grass fields while Saturday's matchup was at home on the artificial turf.

On Tuesday, the Engineers traveled to Gordon College for their first game on grass this season. During the first half, MIT played sluggishly, taking only two shots at the Gordon goal. In the second half, MIT took control of the game after Katherine Merrilees '97 scored a goal on a penalty stroke 12 minutes into the period.

Three minutes later, Ann Torres '96 dodged the Gordon goalie and scored.

Gordon remained very aggressive and almost scored later in the game. A shot taken by one of the Gordon players ricocheted off of the corner of the MIT goal. The ball rolled along the goal line and was about to roll into the goal when it was saved by Co-captain Catherine Mangion '95 with a reverse stick hit. For the rest of the game the ball was kept in MIT's offensive end.

The team suffered a disappointing loss in Thursday's game against Babson, a New England Women's Eight Conference opponent.

Babson dominated the first half of the game, taking 13 shots to MIT's three. The Babson Beavers scored the first goal only 9 minutes into the game. Goalie Laura Walker '97 had an incredible half, making 11 saves.

With less than 4 minutes remaining in the half Babson scored their second goal on a breakaway play.

In the second half MIT was able to turn things around and dominated throughout the period. The Engineers took nine shots this time while the Beavers took only one. Approximately 10 minutes into the period, Co-captain Meera Saini '95 scored an unassisted goal. Despite several further attempts to score, MIT was unable to convert any of their other scoring opportunities and lost the game 21.

Blowout over Wheelock

In the home match of the week, MIT crushed Wheelock College 80. From the onset of the game MIT dominated their opponent. Saini scored the first goal only four minutes into the period, assisted by Mangion and Merrilees. The second goal followed shortly afterwards when Merrilees, assisted by Mangion, put the ball into the Wheelock net. Late in the half Stephanie Maifert '98 scored after being passed the ball by Wendy Silverberg '96.

In the second half Merrilees scored four of her five goals, two of which were unassisted. Her fourth goal was assisted by Mangion while her fifth was assisted by Juintow Lin '95 and Kim Levis '98. The only non-Merrilees goal of the half was scored by Maifert off of a pass by Torres. Merrilees had an outstanding game, both offensively and defensively.

Commenting on the Wheelock game, Coach Cheryl Silva said, "The new players on the squad got a lot of valuable game time and experience. The passing combinations, finesse and controlled stickwork of the team set up some great attack plays upon which we were able to capitalize."

With the next game tomorrow at home against Wellesley College, Silva still acknowledged the strength of her team's upcoming NEW-8 opponent. "We expect a much more difficult game against Wellesley," she said.