MIT Women’s Field Hockey Falls to Clark University Despite Strong Defensive PlayBy Brigetta Biddlehofflinger
The Field Hockey team lost 1-0 to the Clark University Cougars Saturday on Jack Barry Field. Clark entered the game having won 4 of their first 5 games and outscoring their opponents 14-4 this season. MIT is still looking for their first win.
The game was very evenly played, with both teams taking six shots in the first half. With 16 minutes to go in the first half, Clark senior Julie Mazeika tucked a rebound into the net during a scramble for Clark’s only goal of the game. Goalkeeper Kathleen M. Rubritz ’04 was very strong in the cage with 4 saves in the first half. MIT controlled the ball in the second half, outshooting Clark 5-4, but could not find the net. Goalkeeper Tiffany A. Kanaga ’04 held Clark scoreless in the second half. Forwards Lauren E. Tsai ’04, Deanna M. Lentz ’06, and Noelle J. Kanaga ’06 created some great opportunities with beautiful passing combinations in the attacking end and Heather B. Sites ’03 was able to get solid shots off on several penalty corners but could not beat Clark goalie Jessica Egan.
“The defense really played well today,” said Coach Cheryl Silva. “They not only shut down Clark for the most part but they played a strong transition game at midfield as well. "
Led by senior Courtney R. Esinhart, the defense held Clark’s explosive forward line in check for most of the game. Tara N. Sainath, a junior halfback, contributed several timely tackles and interceptions. Senior midfielder Kristen A. Quinn had one of her strongest games of the season, playing well both in the offensive end of the field and recovering back on defense.
“This team keeps improving every time they walk on the field and they are really pushing themselves and each other to play terrific hockey. I think they are really close to putting it all together -- we're hoping that happens Tuesday night when we host Nichols College.”