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Women...s Field Hockey Hoping For More Momentum This Year

By Travis Johnson

The Women’s Field Hockey team hopes that this year goes as well as last year, or at least the first half of last year. The Engineers got off to their best start ever last season by winning 11 of their first 13 games, but lost momentum and their last five games of the season.

The biggest reason for the dropoff was stiffer competition. The conference divided into two distinct levels of play, with fifth place MIT (3-5) three games behind fourth place Mount Holyoke (6-2). In the second half of the season, MIT had to compete against the upper echelon NEWMAC teams and found it could no longer hold its own.

Last year’s co-captains Annamaria E. Ayuso ’07 and Sharon M. Prange ’07, who return this year, have experienced the ups and downs and hope to lead their team into the upper echelon they had trouble against last season.

So far so good, says Coach Cheryl Silva. “Pre-season has gone really well — the team has worked hard to improve on our passing game and although we created a lot of offense last season, we hope to finish in the circle and do more scoring,” wrote Silva in an e-mail.

Graduation hit the MIT squad harder than usual, with four important seniors donning cap and gown. The team now needs two new attackers, a new midfielder, and a center defender to replace the grads, and are looking to five current seniors and four incoming freshmen to fill the void in their line-up.

The 2006 team will get an early test in an opener against New England College, which won the Commonwealth Coast Conference. MIT beat New England last year 4-1.