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Water Polo Finishes 1-2

By Darren Castro

MIT's women's water polo team traveled up Memorial Drive last weekend to participate in the Harvard Invitational Tournament. They finished 12 for the weekend, defeating Penn State while dropping matches to Princeton University and Brown University.

MIT thoroughly dominated Penn State outscoring them 174 and outshooting them 2510. MIT's two main players were Amy Smith G and Cheryl Klepser G. Smith's pressing defense and orchestration of the offense set up many goals. She controlled mid-pool, distributing the ball for nine and scored three times herself. Klepser, playing hole set, received several of Smith's passes and tallied five goals on six shots, while also contributing two assists.

Gillian Lee '95 and Katie Joynt '94 staked MIT to a quick 20 lead on passes from Smith. Penn State answered with a goal on a 6 on 5 situation, but Clara Yang '95, scoring the first of her three goals, and Klepser tallied to push the MIT lead to 41. Just before the end of the first quarter, Penn State scored again to make it 42. The second quarter was all MIT as Klepser and Smith took over and stretched MIT's lead to 92 at the half.

Penn State never could cut into MIT's seven-goal halftime margin. Joynt added her second goal while Stacy Nemeroff '97, Cynthia Santillan '96, and Karin Muller G also scored, ending the game, 174.

MIT didn't play as well in their losses to Princeton and Brown. Princeton scored on their first four shots in the first three minutes and led 100 after one quarter. MIT goalie Janet Woods '95 had 16 saves as MIT's defense tightened up and allowed only six goals in the final three quarters. Princeton played a very tight, aggressive defense that thwarted any MIT offense. Klepser finally scored in the fourth quarter, and the game ended 161.

The game against Brown was closer than the other two, though the scoreboard didn't reflect this. Brown scored first, but Klepser answered to tie the game 11 two minutes into the first quarter. Brown then scored six unanswered goals to take a 71 halftime lead. However, Harvard's malfunctioning game clock caused some controversy. On Brown's fifth goal, the 35-second shot clock failed to buzz. Brown's seventh goal came just after time had run out in the first half, but the buzzer again failed to sound.

Brown added six more goals in the second half with MIT's only score coming when Klepser put in the rebound of a shot by Smith. Brown was able to capitalize on its scoring opportunities, but MIT failed to do the same. Though the final score was 132, Brown out shot MIT only 1912. MIT also failed to score on its four-player advantages after kick-outs, including a six-on-four opportunity, while Brown converted both of their six-on-fives.

MIT will host the Women's Water Polo Non-League Championships this weekend at the Alumni Pool. MIT faces Mt. Holyoke College at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and Harvard at 10 a.m. and Amherst College at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. MIT hopes to avenge earlier losses to Amherst and Harvard. The Amherst rematch should be particularly good; MIT had entered the fourth quarter leading 64, only to lose by a score of 86.