Women's Hockey Drops OpenerBy Daniel E. Wang
The women's ice hockey team opened the year Saturday afternoon, dropping an 8-2 decision to Middlebury College, at Johnson Athletic Center. The team's record for the season is now 5-5-1.
MIT raced out to a 1-0 lead, on a goal by Susie Wee G, with an assist from Kate Sand '92, with 17 minutes 38 seconds left in the first period. Middlebury scored with 10:13 left to tie the game.
The game went without a goal for a few minutes, until the same Middlebury player who scored the first goal, put the puck past goalie Alison Mackay G, to take the lead, 2-1. Middlebury opened up its lead with goals at 4:22 and 0:33, to end the period, 4-1.
The opponents continued to show control in the second and third periods. Diane Dimassa G added a goal with 13:02 left in the second period, with assists from Mairin Anderson '94 and Helen Greiner '89. Dimassa's goal would be the last for MIT, as Middlebury clearly showed smoother skating and better control of the puck.
Middlebury increased its margin of victory with two goals in the last three and a half minutes of the second period, and two more in the first five minutes of the second period. The Engineers had many opportunities to score in the final period, but either could not put the puck past the opposing goalie, or lost control of the puck.
Allison Mackay G played the entire game in goal, recording 25 saves. Middlebury was on the offensive more than MIT, whose players took only 15 shots on goal. Activity in the penalty box was rather quiet, as Middlebury had three, and MIT had only one, committed by Carol Boudreau '94, for interference, in the second period. Unfortunately, the Engineers were unable to capitalize on their three power plays.
Team member Jill Angle '89 commented that the opening was the team's "best seven minutes of the season." Despite the final outcome, coach E.J. MacDonald was pleased with the team's performance, given the strength of the Middlebury team coming into the matchup.
Both MacDonald and Angle noted that the key factor in the game were turnovers by MIT, which Middlebury quickly converted to goals. Another factor was the long break the Engineers have had; the team last played on Dec. 8.