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Field Hockey Drops by Two Games

By Laura Williams
Team Member

After losing a tough battle to Springfield College Tuesday night, the women's field hockey team lost another hard-fought contest against the undefeated Amherst team 21 Tuesday night.

The Engineers knew that this would be a difficult game because of last year's lost to Amherst during the postseason.

During the last 12 minutes of play, the team stepped up the intensity level and played in Amherst's defensive end almost the entire time. With only 34 seconds remaining, Katherine Merilees '97 scored to bring the team within one, but MIT could not finish the rally.

The games were very even matches, and both teams played extremely well. Down 10 at half time, MIT had several chances at goal but couldn't find the net. Amherst came out and scored early in the second half to go up 20, before MIT got the game back under control and scored later on in the second half. The rally was not enough, however, and MIT lost.

The team was not wholly dispirited by the loss, however. The team's new members held a "Freshmen Psyche Day" party for the team. Members of the Class of 2000 hung a banner with the names of all of the players and coaches on the fence around the field. They also decorated the team's locker room and gave good luck charms to upperclassmen.

The women's field hockey team now has a 32 record for the season. The team travels to Worcester Polytechnic Institute tomorrow to begin their conference play. The next home game will be Tuesday against Wheaton College at 4 p.m. on the turf.