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Women's hockey beats BU

By Meg O'Neill

The MIT women's hockey team finished their season March 3 with a 3-0 victory over Boston University to claim third in the National Collegiate Club Championship.

In the first game of the playoffs, MIT faced a tough Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute team, a team MIT had not played in several seasons. Both teams played a strong first period, but the second period saw RPI score on a breakaway.

The hosting Engineers were in the attack most of the game, but their shots would not go in the net. RPI scored again early in the third period, and in an attempt to gain advantage, MIT's goalie Allie Bereny '90 was pulled for a sixth player, and then RPI scored their third and final goal.

Sunday saw MIT face BU, a

3-0 loser to Colgate University on their semi-final game. The two teams had met twice before, both games ending as 1-1 ties, but this time MIT, with the memory of the RPI game still fresh, came out "mentally calm and physically insane" and dominated from start to finish.

In a physical game marred by 25 penalty minutes (including a 7 1/2 minute game misconduct earned by a BU forward), the Engineers kept their heads and played solid hockey.

The first goal came early in the first period with a shot from defenseman Alyssa Parker '91 tipped in by Deishin Lee G. The Engineers followed with another quick goal when in the scramble for the rebound in front of the net, Kate Sand '92 and Julie Ask G tipped it past BU's goalie.

The second period was scoreless, with solid defensive play and the excellent goalkeeping of Bereny keeping BU off the scoreboard. The third goal came midway through the third period when Susie Wee G deflected Parker's shot from the point into the near corner.

This victory earned them third, and the championship game saw Colgate (last year's runner-up) beat RPI 1-0 in overtime.

MIT brought their second to 5-10-4 to end the season. Coach E. J. MacDonald commented on the season: "We were in every single game. Our biggest problem was we couldn't put the puck in the net." Accolades go to Bereny, who posted a 2.33 goals against average for the season, and Deishin Lee who netted 12 goals and 4 assists.

The Engineers are already looking ahead to next season. The front lines look to be strong, with five returning starters, and the defense will lose only one regular. The biggest question is the goalie, for with Bereny's retirement, there is a big gap to fill.

(Meg O'Neill '93 is a member of the women's hockey team.)