Women's lacrosse ends year with loss
By Leslie Barnett
The women's lacrosse team finished their season Monday with a 6-5 overtime loss to Elms College. The close score reflected well on the MIT squad, since the Blazers had beaten MIT 14-7 only two weeks before. The loss left the Beavers with a 1-9 record for the season.
Freshman Diana Velez, a newcomer to the sport, scored the game's first two goals. Velez was this season's second highest scorer for the Beavers.
The MIT defense, led by the 18 saves of goalie Jo Kussmaul '92 and fine play of point Kimberly Williams '92, held Elms' top scorer to only one goal. Within the first five minutes of the game, Kussmaul was able to decode Elms's offensive plays, which gave MIT's defense a great advantage.
Shortly afterwards, MIT's third man Sarah Wiesbrock '92 picked up on Elms's signal for setting picks. An Elms player would call out to her teammate, but unfortunately for Elms, MIT players were there for them more than their own, and MIT kept the score at 4-3 Elms until the end of the first half.
Through the second half, MIT battled back and made some great midfield connections with the help of Julie Chen G and Michelle Leong '91. Elms tried to counter MIT's efforts by using their point's speed to run the ball out of their defensive end, but this strategy was not very successful since she never took a shot on goal.
Elms was only able to penetrate MIT's defense once more, and the second half ended in a 5-5 tie. The final three MIT goals were scored by MIT's center Joanne Hetzler G.
Then the game moved into a six minute overtime. Both teams' exhaustion was plain to see, but it was Elms who scored once more to end the game 6-5.
The Elms coach, who had been sure of an easy victory, was clearly discouraged. Her team hadn't been able to let up for one minute.
MIT in building year
MIT had a tough season of games against Boston University, Babson College, Smith College, Colby-Sawyer College, Pine Manor College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute this year, but a win over Harvard University's junior varsity last week showed that everything the women had been working for was finally coming together.
"I really think we came a long way this season," said Coach Pati Halpin. This was a building year for the MIT women's club lacrosse team which had twenty members, only seven of whom had ever played the sport before this season. Halpin predicted, "We have a good, solid core of players,and with a little more experience, our team will be very successful."
The team is preparing to turn varsity by their spring `91 season. They've acquired a good deal of new talent since last season, including nine freshmen and quite a few two- and three-season athletes, such as Suzy Ward '92 (field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse) and Ann Nacinovich '92 (soccer and lacrosse).
(Leslie Barnett '92 is a member of the women's lacrosse team.)