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Women's Hockey Improves to .500

By Lynn Albers
Associate Sports Editor

The women's hockey team promised us some wins, and they've given them to us -- they ended the first half of the season with a .500 record. Since their difficult start, the team has beaten Boston University twice, Connecticut College, and Holy Cross College decisively. Their only recent loss came when they lost 5-1 to Yale University in November. Susie Wee G was the lone scorer for MIT.

The women were eager to play against Boston University, and their enthusiasm showed as the offense went into overdrive, scoring seven goals to win 7-2 in their Nov. 18th matchup. Kate Sand '92, Wee, and Jean Nam '93 each scored twice, while Helen Greiner '90 had a solo goal to start the scoring spree for the Engineers.

Becky Wittry '93 had an outstanding day in goal, letting only two shots slip by in her debut start. With Wittry in goal for the second contest against BU, the women were confident. Their attitude was justified when they outplayed BU, keeping the puck in their opponents' end for most of the game. Both teams played determinedly, neither one letting the other score until the second period, when Greiner slipped one by the BU goalie on a pass from Shari Schuchmann G and Yolanda Leung '94.

It took BU 12 minutes to return the favor, but just one minute after their response, Hanh Le '93 scored her first goal of the season, giving MIT the lead at the end of the second period. Sand, determined to score, finally did in the third period with assists from Le and Allison MacKay G. MIT won the game 3-1. Wittry did a fine job again with help from defense Jill Soley '92, Carol Boudreau '91, Meg O'Neill '93, and Tiina Hameenanttila '94.

The women won decisively over Connecticut College, 6-2. Lisa Anderson was the player of the evening, scoring the first hat trick of her career. Nam, Schuchmann, and Jill Angle '89 each scored in the first, second, and third periods respectively. The evening was an excellent display of teamwork and skill.

"We kicked butt!" O'Neill said, summing up their shutout 4-0 win against Holy Cross College. The Engineers quickly scored all 4 goals in the first period to silence the Crusaders for the remainder of the game. Schuchmann had two goals while Sand and Angle scored one each. The defense was impermeable, as was goalie and ex-forward MacKay.