Women's Hockey Team Catches Attention of National MediaBy Lynn Albers
February hasn't been just another month of games for the women's ice hockey team. It began with a 7-2 victory over Amherst College and a nationwide television debut.
Thanks to sportscaster Bob Lobel, the team was interviewed during the Amherst game and featured Feb. 21 for two-and-a-half minutes on the Channel 4 news. The program was aired in New York on NBC, in Maryland, and in Canada by CBC News World.
The program consisted of clips from the game interspersed among interviews from eight of the athletes. The eight women interviewed were Lisa Anderson, Erika Hanley '95, Esther Jesurum G, Susie Wee G, Jill Angle, Elaine Gregory '94, Shari Schuchmann G, and Diane Dimassa G. Coach E. J. MacDonald also expressed a few sentiments. The focus of the program was to show that intelligent women are dedicated to sports and well-rounded enough to play them.
At the end of the presentation Bobel said, "If you think it doesn't take a rocket scientist to play this game, you better think again, because to play on this team, you have to be one. And, as for stereotypes, this team blows them all away."
"It was great to get the exposure. Any exposure to women's hockey is great," said Anderson, the liaison between Lobel and the team.
Jean Nam '93 led the team scoring against Amherst with three goals in the third period. The first goal of the evening came from Angle who scored four minutes, 30 seconds into the period. She was assisted by Schuchmann and Hanh Le '93. Angle later returned the favor to Le, by assisting her for MIT's fifth goal.
Anderson, assisted by Annette Lee '93, and Dimassa, slipped the puck by the Amherst goalie for the second MIT goal.
Amherst struck twice in the first period to leave the score tied at two. The second period remained scoreless.
Nam opened the third period with two back-to-back goals. Le's goal followed and was topped by Nam's third unassisted goal. Dimassa, assisted by Anderson and Katie Joynt '93, scored with less than three minutes left in the period to give MIT a 7-2 victory.
On Feb. 18, the Engineers faced rival Boston College and lost 0-6. "We knew it would be a rough game. We only had three defense and Boston College took advantage of that," said Kate Sand '92.
Goalie Allison Mackay G stated, "We've been playing well given that people have been sick with the flu and we've had to change lines around."
The game against Wesleyan College last Saturday was an unexpected 5-2 loss. Carol Boudreau '93 explained, "The Wesleyan game was disappointing especially since we beat them earlier in the year. We played well the first period, but couldn't pull it together in the second and third periods."
"We have bad vibes about Wesleyan: the boards are really bad, fluky goals are scored against us, and people fall on the ice more than usual. Every year, when they come here, we beat them, and when we go there, we lose," Sand said.
Despite the losses, Wee said, "Throughout the last three games, Mackay has been playing well and keeping us in them with some outstanding saves."
The women have three home games this week and conclude their home season with a game against Connecticut College on Saturday at 9:15 p.m.