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Field Hockey Beats Wheaton College 3-2

By Katie Barron
team member

Under a sky of threatening rain clouds on Tuesday afternoon, the field hockey team defeated Wheaton College 32 on the Jack Barry Omni Turf, avenging last season's regular season loss to Wheaton. The loss last year was the only one MIT suffered in regular season play.

The aggressive Wheaton team came on early and strong. In the early part of the half, the team scored its first goal off a penalty stroke against MIT. This was the first penalty stroke called against MIT this season. they soon scored another goal to bring the score to 20.

Coming back from this deficit, MIT scored two goals in the last minute of the first half. The first goal was scored by Tracy Sadowski '99 off a pass from Margie Tsai '99 with 49 seconds remaining in the half.

Fifteen seconds later, as the clock wound down to 34 seconds, MIT scored its second goal to even up the score. The goal was scored when Tsai put it in off a pass from Connie Sadowski '99.

The Engineers came out strong in the second half, with Tsai tallying the winning goal after five minutes on an assist from Katherine Merrilees '97. MIT dominated the rest of the second half, holding back Wheaton to secure the victory.

The game was "a real wake up call" to the team, said Coach Cheryl Silva. In the first half the team came out flat and did not play together as a unit and Wheaton was able to take advantage of this, Silva said.

A "goal [of the game] was to put two solid halves together," Silva said. This season, the Engineers have played a strong first half and a less strong second. In this game as the Engineers gained momentum and pulled together, they did the reverse and "put together a strong second half," Silva said.

This win brings the women's field hockey team's record to 52 overall and 20 in conference play. MIT's next home game is tomorrow against Smith College at 1:00 p.m. on the turf.

Erik S. Balsley contributed to the reporting in this story.