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Field Hockey Surges to 7-3 with Three-Game Streak

By Kathleen Barron
Team Member

The field hockey team played three games last week, improving their record to 73 with three decisive victories over Wheaton College, UMass-Dartmouth, and Mount Holyoke College.

Thursday was sophomore psyche day for the game against UMass-Dartmouth. The Class of 2000 got the team psyched up by decorating the locker room and advertising for the game. The Engineers came out strong against UMass, dominating first half play and managing to keep the ball in their offensive end for most of the half.

However, a brief lapse in the defense resulted in the lone goal of the half, making the score 10 UMass. MIT exploded with four goals in the second period, the first of which was scored by Michelle Hardiman '00 with an assist from Connie Sadowski '99.

Stephanie Maifert '98 scored off a pass from Meagan Pitts '00 with 19:20 left in the game to put the Engineers up for good. Minutes later, a penalty stroke was called when the UMass goalie lied on top off the ball. Tracy Sadowski '99 scored on the stroke. The final goal of the game came when Hardiman scored off Maifert pass. MIT played strong defense for most of the game, allowing only one shot on goal.

The Engineers played Mount Holyoke on Saturday and dominated the game from beginning to end, winning with a final score of 70. Mount Holyoke had no shots on goal the entire game.

Seven players contributed to the scoring, started off by Maifert with 20:31 left in the first half off a pass from Laura Williams '00. Maifert had another goal and an assist, Connie Sadowski scored two goals, Tracy Sadowski '99 had one goal and two assists, and Williams had a goal and another assist. Anshu Sinha '98 also scored, and Nicole Botcheos '00 and Kate Zimmerman '00 each had an assist in the game.

The Engineers will take on Babson College Tuesday and Elms College Thursday in hopes of continuing their three-game winning streak. Both games will be at 7 p.m. on the turf.