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MIT Field Hockey Improves to 8-4 With Three Straight Wins

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Kristie Tate '01 struggles to gain possession of the ball. The Lady Engineers are among the top five teams in the New England Eastern Regional NCAA Poll.

By Katie Barron
Team Member

Over the past week, the field hockey team compiled a 3-0 record and improved their overall record to 8­4, 4­1 in conference games.

Last Thursday the Engineers traveled to UMass­Dartmouth and came away with a 3­0 victory. MIT came out quickly, scoring two goals at the beginning of the game and dominating play throughout the game. The goals were scored by leading scorer Tracy Sadowski '99, Laura Williams '00 and Amy Lin '02.

Saturday brought MIT to Smith College, where the two teams battled it out in the soggy conditions. The Engineers scored first when Margie Tsai '99 and Jen Stout '01 combined on a play from the right side of the goal to beat the Smith goalie with 13:39 left to play in the first half. After a time out, Smith came back to tie it with a goal on a corner play.

With five minutes to go in the half, Tracy Sadowski scored unassisted on a break away, tucking one into the right corner. Connie Sadowski '99 made it 3­1 by banging in a cross pass from Stout, the team leader in assists. Just when the game seemed out of reach, Smith scored two goals in the last four minutes of the game to tie the score and send the game into overtime.

The Engineers came out fired up for the overtime period. MIT had the pass back and proceeded to march up the field through the Smith defense, drawing a penalty corner 2:42 into the period. After several shots and saves, Connie Sadowski fired a cross pass to the corner where wide open left wing Williams knocked in her seventh goal of the season.

The team continued it's winning ways Tuesday night, defeating Wheaton College 3­1 at home. Lin scored two early goals assisted by Stout. The game remained 2­0 until about half way through the second half when Wheaton converted on a penalty corner during one of the rare times they made it down to MIT's circle. Tracy Sadowski's goal secured the victory with just over a minute left to play in the game.

Goalie Jee Bang '01 had four saves on five shots and MIT out shot Wheaton 26­5.

MIT hosts Mt. Holyoke College this Saturday.