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Field Hockey Advances in ECAC

By Carla Oshiro
Team Member

The women's field hockey team, with 15 victories, has more wins in a single season than any previous hockey team at MIT. After winning a hard-fought victory over Babson College to become the NewEngland Women's Eight Conference champions last weekend, the Engineers won a decisive 60 win over the University of Southern Maine in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday.

Southern Maine is a perennially strong team in the ECAC, but this year was unexpectedly weak. MIT took advantage of this, and dominated the game from the beginning.

In the first half, MIT took 11 shots, while the defense prevented Southern Maine from taking a single one. MIT's first goal came at 22:22 in the first half.

The Engineers had come down on offense and were fighting to score in front of the goal. The ball came to Juintow Lin '95, who was to the right of the goal and almost on the endline, but managed to put the ball lift the ball just inside the goalie and get it into the goal.

For the second goal, halfback Katherine Merrilees '97 took a shot from the top of the circle which bounced off the goalie's pads. The ball was stopped by forward Carla Oshiro '95 and driven in to the corner of the goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the half.

Despite a two-goal lead, the MIT team came out aggressively in the second half, looking to score even more. They were able to do so early on a breakaway by Oshiro, who slipped the ball past the goalie on the left. Only one minute later, the Engineers capitalized again, on a goal scored by Merrilees.

The Southern Maine team did have a dangerous looking breakaway in the second half, but it was broken up by Ellen Hwang '97, Wendy Silverberg '96, and goalie Laura Walker '97.

Later in the half, an unassisted goal was scored by Kim Levis '98, her first of the season, who lifted the ball into the goal from deep on the left side. Levis also assisted Merrilees on her second goal of the game. Merrilees took a hard, well-placed shot from near the 25-yard line which got past all the defenders and the goalie. This was the 16th goal this season for Merrilees, the team's leading scorer, who also had 2 assists in this game.

MIT's defense played extremely well, holding the Southern Maine team to only 5 shots the whole game. Wendy Silverberg again did a great job of shutting down the opposing team's usual scorer.

Goalie Laura Walker had another outstanding performance, recording her 13th shutout this season and her fourth straight.

The Engineers will next face either Babson College or Connecticut College in the ECAC semi-finals on Saturday.