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Field Hockey Wins Two; Merilees Sets New Record

By Erik S. Balsley and Kim Levis
Staff Reporters

After a long pre-season, the rain postponed and then canceled what was to be the women's field hockey team's first game against Simmons College. However, Thursday's away game and new season opener against Gordon College was not a wash out, and the Engineers dominated the game to beat Gordon College 40.

The first goal was scored by sophomore Margie Tsai '99 with only eight minutes remaining in the first half.

In the second period, team captain Katherine Merilees '97 scored on a penalty stroke after the Gordon goalie sat on the ball during a corner.

Overall, MIT had 12 penalty corners, but only scored on one which was also shot by Merilees, who was assisted by Tracy M. Sadowski '99 and Connie M. Sadowski '99.

Tracy Sadowski also scored the last goal of the game with an assist by Stephanie Maifert '97.

MIT's skilled defense prevented Gordon from scoring. Theresa Power '00 directly contributed to the defense with a save during the first half of the game. In addition, goalie Laura Walker '99 prevented all six balls shot at her from going into the net.

Team bests Western New England

The team pulled together all the knowledge and skill they gained during pre-season to defeat Gordon, setting the stage for their next game against Western New England College.

On Saturday under beautiful skies, the team played their first home game against a weaker-than- expected Western New England team. The Engineers were once again able to dominate the game and win 100.

The first goal was scored by Connie Sadowski with 20:24 remaining in the first half. In addition to this goal, Sadowski scored one other goal with 4:37 remaining in the first half and assisted with two others.

The last goal was off a penalty corner and was scored by Tracy Sadowski with 18:28 left in the game. Tracy Sadowski had another assist and a goal in the first half.

Kim Y. Eng '99 also was able to score two goals during the game. Tsai and Madeline G. Burke '99 were each able to score a goal as well. Laura A. Williams '00 assisted Burke's goal.

The remaining two goals were scored by Merilees and were assisted by senior Ellen S. Hwang '97. In addition to these goals and the score off the penalty corner, Merilees had an assist with the second of Eng's goals.

After Merilees scored the penalty corner, the game halted - for what many in the stands thought was an invocation of a mercy rule. It was, however, simply a time-out called by Coach Cheryl Silva.

The time-out was called to bring the team together to congratulate Merilees for breaking the MIT point record in field hockey. Merilees had tied the old record of 94 points entering the game. After the penalty corner Merilees had 100 points for her career here at MIT.

In field hockey, two points are scored for each goal and one for each assist. It "feels pretty good" to have the new record, Merilees said.

The team "played and executed well," Silva said.She also added that the team did some nice passing during the game.

Merilees was equally pleased with the team's performance. "We played pretty well. We had a few breakdowns, but they didn't capitalize on them," she said.

Freshmen members of the team also played well. "We have a lot of bright stars in the freshman class," Silva said.

The team will be facing a tough Springfield College team at 7 p.m. today. Springfield was a Division I team last year and is now a Division III team that still has some Division I players left.

It will be a tough game for the Engineers. In order to win, the team will need "to step it up against Springfield," Merilees said. "I think we can."