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Field Hockey Drops One to Springfield

By Stephanie Maifert
TEAM MEMBER

The MIT field hockey team had a good showing against Springfield College Tuesday night, although they lost the game 31.

The former Division I Springfield team, which still consists of many Division I players, came into the match with a 40 record, making it the toughest competition MIThas so far faced this season. The Engineers played with intensity and determination. However, they were defeated in regular time.

Springfield scored two goals in the first half with 22:55 and 6:23 minutes remaining. Despite the two goal deficit, MIT kept up a strong offensive drive. With only 54 seconds left in the half, the Engineers answered back with a goal to pull them within one of Springfield.

The goal, which sent the Springfield goalie to the turf, was scored by Maddy Burke '99 off a pass from Tracy Sadowski '99. The goal marks the first time Springfield has been scored on this season.

Despite a strong second-half showing by MIT, Springfield was able to score one final goal minutes before the buzzer to seal their victory at 31.

The team played strongly against the former Division I team. Springfield said that MIT provided them with some of their toughest competition this season.

Although the team lost the game, one highlight for the Engineers this week was the naming of senior co-captain Katherine Merilees '97 as New England Women's 8 player of the week. She received the honor after scoring her 100th point for the team. Merilees is the first MITfield hockey player to score over 100 points.

The team's next home game is Tuesday against Amherst College at 7 p.m.