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Field Hockey Edges Out Wellesley, 3-2 In Best Season Ever

By Patricia H. Hahn
Team member

In one of the most intense games of the season, the field hockey team edged out a tough Wellesley team 3-2 Tuesday night on the astroturf, in front of an enthusiastic crowd consisting of MIT and Wellesley fans and a portion of the MIT marching band.

With this win, MIT holds first place in their conference play, a rank they will defend tomorrow against Clark. At 11-1, MIT field hockey is currently having its best season ever.

The first goal of the game was scored within the first 3 minutes by Wellesley off a penalty corner, but MIT answered with two goals.Tracy M. Sadowski '99 carried the ball down the right side of the field and passed off to Ann L. Torres '96 who sent it across the goal, where co-captain Patricia H. Hahn '96 tipped it in.

Spurred by the momentum that both teams possessed, Wellesley took the pass-back. A block tackle by N. Katherine Merrilees '97 started MIT towards the Wellesley goal once again. A strong outside shot by Connie M. Sadowski '99 led to a rebound off the goalie's pads. The rebound, however, went straight to Torres, who promptly nailed it into the goal.

While the first half of the game was largely dominated by MIT, the Engineers relied on their defensive skills to hold off Wellesley in the second half.

Excellent saves by goalie Laura L. Walker '97, combined with solid defense play, prevented the Wellesley offense from scoring until the last few seconds of the game.

The third MIT goal came from a run up the left side of the field initiated by a perfectly-timed pass from Maifert to Hahn, who crossed the ball into Wellesley's circle. Waiting was T. Sadowski, who pulled around the Wellesley defenders to score MIT's third goal.

Wellesley scored their second and final goal with only 8 seconds left on the clock when they sent a ball down the field, initiating a breakaway, and setting up a goal for their offense.