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Field Hockey Downs Wheaton

By Gara Mendez
Staff Reporter

The field hockey team met Wheaton College on Saturday for an afternoon game on Jack Barry Field and came away with a 20 victory.

The first half of the game was very close, as Wheaton showed a strong defense and many quick counters. The Engineers had several chances to score. Carla Oshiro '95, co-captain Meera Saini '95, and Ann Torres '96 came very close to scoring a number of times, but Wheaton remained tough on defense. The result was a scoreless tie at halftime.

In the second half, the Engineers were much quicker in the circle. Katherine Merrilees '97 and Torres both had amazing shots inside the circle early in the second half to score goals for the Engineers.

For the first goal, co-captain Catherine Mangion '95 passed the ball to Merrilees. Merrilees took an initial shot, which bounced off of the goalie, then netted the ball off the rebound.

Torres' goal came immediately after the first one. The ball was passed to Torres on the right side of the field, and she put in a hard shot by the goalie.

Head Coach Cheryl Silva said, "The hard work on the attack paid off."

This New England Women's Eight Conference game improved the team's record to 32 in the conference, and 93 overall.

The team will play its final home game Thursday evening, against Nichols College. On Saturday it will play its last regular season game, and its last NEW-8 game to determine final conference rankings.