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Women's Lacrosse Brings Reecord to 5-5

By Catherine Mangion
and Meera Saini
Team Members

After falling to an early deficit of 1-3, the women's lacrosse team regrouped to defeat Colby Sawyer College, New England College, Elms College, and Smith College, and bring its record for the season to 5-5.

Last Thursday, MIT came up against Smith College in the first round of the New England Women's Eight Conference playoffs. Earlier in the season, the Engineers scored their first ever win over Smith, 10-8, with the help of clutch saves by goalie Katherine Merrilees '97. In this rematch, however, the Engineers were unable to repeat its earlier performance. The Engineers made a valiant effort but were unable to convert on their shots.

Two weekends ago, MIT participated in the fifth annual Elms Tournament. In the first round, the team was paired with Elms College. Despite a slow start the Engineers emerged victorious with an 8-4 decision. The win advanced MIT to the championship round, where MIT played against New England College. NEC came determined to avenge the previous week's loss to MIT, 12-11. NEC quickly ran up the score to 5-3 by half-time, but MIT recovered in the second half and quickly tallied two goals, bringing the score to 5-5.

The game continued to be closely contested as NEC pulled ahead 7-6. After an MIT timeout, defenseman Jen Chank '95 won the ball off a draw, ran down the field virtually uncontested, and scored to tie the game. The two teams continued to trade goals for the rest of the game. At the one minute mark, NEC was up 9-8. With 29 seconds remaining, tri-captain Ann Torres '96 was awarded a free position at the 8-meter line. She took advantage of this to score a goal to put the game into overtime.

Unfortunately, in the last minute of the overtime, NEC scored the championship-winning goal. At the awards ceremony, defensive players Catherine Mangion '95 and Chank were named to the All-Tournament Team for their outstanding play during the two games.

The team will face Bridgewater State College this Thursday in its final game of the season. Against Bridgewater, the Engineers hope to end their season on a positive note.