MIT’s Field Hockey Team Preys on Simmons CollegeBy Robert Aronstam
The MIT Field Hockey team drowned the Simmons College Sharks in last Thursday’s non-conference home contest. The win ups the Engineers’ record to 2-1 on the season, with their only loss coming at the hands of Bowdoin College.
MIT controlled the match from the onset. The Engineers were able to keep the ball on their side of the field during the opening minutes of the first half.
When Simmon did penetrate the Engineer defense, strong defensive plays prevented shots on goal. Co-captain Courtney R. Esinhart ’03 came up with a key deflection on Simmons’ third penalty shot.
Although the Engineer defense held strong, the offense was unable to convert on its attempts. MIT had the best scoring chance of either team at the 17-minute mark in the first half. After a centering pass rolled only a few yards in front of the goal, several Engineers failed to punch the ball past the Simmons goalkeeper.
MIT had another key scoring opportunity 8 minutes later, but the result was the same.
Tech strikes first
At the 8-minute mark, Lauren E. Tsai ’04 ended the stalemate with a sharp shot that found the back of the goal. The goal, which proved to be the sole score of the contest, was assisted by Amy C. Lin ’02.
Engineer goalkeeper Kathleen M. Rubritz ’04 helped to maintain the 1-0 lead going into halftime with a few kick saves. Additionally, Rubritz subdued an attacking Shark by absorbing a collision and trapping the ball simultaneously.
MIT’s Tsai nearly struck again early in the second half. Tsai slammed a pass from Esinhart off the side of the goal cage after beating the floundering Shark defense.
Lin had a scoring chance of her own a few minutes later, but the attempt was off the mark.
Defense holds strong
Despite MIT’s inability to score, the team defense and overall ball control left the Sharks with little hope. Co-captains Michele C. Verticchio ’02 and Heatherbrooke Sites ‘03 played pivotal roles in maintaining possession and preventing a Shark strike late in the match. While Verticchio controlled play over her opponents, Sites preferred swatting the ball deep into MIT’s offensive end of the field.
Forward Sabrin S. Mohamed ’02 expressed her approval of her team’s performance following the game. “We’re playing an incredible [artificial] turf game right now,” said Mohamed, “I’m really excited about the season.”
The women are away this week, competing against Nichols College and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference foe Clark University.