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Women skaters win College Club trophy

By Peter Dunn

The MIT women's hockey team put on an exemplary performance last Saturday against the Colgate College Red Raiders, posting a 1-0 win. In so doing, the team captured the trophy in the first Women's Ice Hockey National College Club Championship. The Engineers gained the upper hand in their three game series with the Raiders (a January 1-0 loss and a February 7-4 win had left the series tied at a game apiece), skating with determination in perhaps their best home showing of the year.

The match was hotly contested, and remained scoreless for the first two periods. The Engineers usually held the upper hand, forechecking effectively deep within the Colgate zone. MIT had several good scoring opportunities on excellent passing within the neutral zone, often finding an open forward skating hard up the wing and sneaking behind the Raiders defense.

Colgate, too, managed several quick drives up the ice, taking advantage of some of their faster wingers. But whereas MIT drove to the net for good scoring opportunities, the Raiders were thwarted by strong blueline defense on the part of the Engineers. Poke checks and angling to the boards by the MIT defense kept Colgate shots at a manageable distance from the perimeter.

Shot selection by the Engineers also proved worrisome to the Colgate netminder: The Engineers tested her both with pestering shots in the slot and long, hard wristers from the point. Despite this, and despite a 5-on-3 advantage at one point, the Engineers could not convert until late in the game.

The lone goal of the contest came from good puck movement by the Engineers in the Raiders zone while on the powerplay. Laurie White W '92, the team's season high scorer, potted the winner from close in. Kjirste Carlson G and Charlotte Biber G assisted on the play with good hustle feeding the puck out from behind the net.

Colgate put on a last ditch effort to even the score, taking advantage of several MIT penalties and double shifting their best forward line in the waning minutes. But strong MIT forechecking held the fort when they were shorthanded, and MIT goalie Allie Bereny '90 stifled any scoring chances, at one point making a spectacular save sprawled across the goal mouth, to preserve the win -- and the coveted cup -- for the Engineers.