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Field Hockey Continues Its Successful Season

By Catherine Mangion
Team Member

The field hockey team continued its winning season with victories over Wellesley College and Mount Holyoke College last week.

On Thursday MIT defeated Wellesley 10 in an intense and hard-fought game. This was MIT's first victory over Wellesley since the 1991 season.

Both teams were very evenly matched, but Wellesley gained the edge in the first half as they took 13 shots to MIT's 6. Wellesley almost scored at one point during the first half when the ball slipped behind MIT goalie Laura Walker '97. However, the ball was saved by co-captain Catherine Mangion '95.

In the second half MIT took the offensive, taking 10 shots to Wellesley's 7. With 5 minutes, 4 seconds left in the period, Stephanie Maifert '98 scored the winning goal.

Wellesley did not let up and had several opportunities to score in the last few minutes. Walker made several clutch saves in the remaining minutes of the game, allowing MIT to hold onto the lead.

Easy win over Mt. Holyoke

MIT easily defeated Mount Holyoke on Saturday by a score of 30. Throughout the game MIT dominated play, taking 31 shots in the first period and 21 in the second. The Engineers were unable to convert any of their first half scoring opportunities until co-captain Meera Saini '95 scored with 5:23 left in the period.

In the second half, Maifert scored her second goal of the week, assisted by Sohah Iqbal '98. Saini scored another goal late in the period. Strong play by the MIT defense kept Mount Holyoke away from the MIT goal for most of the game.

At one point late in the game several Mount Holyoke players broke away with the ball. A defensive save by Kim Levis '98 prevented them from scoring.

"We had a terrific game Thursday against Wellesley. The team has put together a great week and is making a strong run in the New England Women's Eight Conference," said Coach Cheryl Silva. "The new players have had a wonderful impact - Stephanie has scored 2 goals in the last two games."

MIT is now 71 for this season. The team plays an away match today against Simmons College and a home game against Smith College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.