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Women's Law Wins Elms Tournament

By Ann Torres
Team Member

On Saturday, the Women's Lacrosse Team won the '95 Elms College Lacrosse Tournament for the first time. Hosted at Elms College, the meet involved three other teams: Pine Manor, Manhattanville, and Elms Colleges.

In its first game, MIT beat Pine Manor by a score of 176. Through its experience and skill, MIT had little difficulty dominating the game. In the first half alone, MIT tallied eleven goals while holding Pine Manor scoreless. Carla Oshiro '95, Emily Brown '96, and Katherine Merrilees '97 led the team with two goals apiece. Merra Saini '95, Ann Torres '96, Ivy McIver '97, and Meg Golden '97 also scored.

In the second half, MIT changed its lineup and placed defenders on offense. These defenders rose to the occasion by passing, catching and scoring. Marina Opitz '97 scored on an assist by Golden. Later Opitz returned the favor by feeding Golden a pass in front of goal for an easy score.

Other goals in the second half were scored by Anya Hawrychak '98, Gara Mendez '98, Wendy Silverberg '96, and Saini. The final score of the contest came from defender Jen Chank '95 on another assist from Golden from behind the cage. Though MIT gave up six second-half goals to Pine Manor, goalie Jo Kussmaul '95 had a great game, saving about 75 percent of Pine Manor's shots.

MIT beats Elms for the Championship title

In the final game, MIT beat Elms College 139 to take home the championship trophy. Appearing in their third straight Elms Tournament final, the Engineers was poised to win it all by beating Elms, which had downed Manhattanville College to make it to the finals.

MIT started off strong by scoring the first goal of the contest in the first two minutes, when a quick pass from Mindy Moss '95 let Saini beat defenders and score.

Although Elms was able to score after this effort, MIT was quick to answer with two more goals. The first came from Torres, who took the ball from behind goal to beat her defender for an easy score. The next came from Merrilees, who worked defenders in front of goal to find an open net. Once again, however, Elms replied with a quick score.

MIT quieted the Elms offense by holding it scoreless for the next 16 minutes. During this time Saini, Torres, and Merrilees each tallied a score for the Engineers.

Elms was able to score only once more in the half. The final goal of the half came from Torres with 25 seconds left on the clock. Kussmaul greatly helped the Engineers' effort by saving over 70 percent of Elms' shots. MIT led at halftime with a score of 7-3.

In the second half MIT continued to play hard against a persevering Elms team that was bent on evening up the score. MIT came out strong by scoring three goals - one by Merrilees and two by Torres - in the first two minutes of the game.

But Elms continued to work hard against a tough MIT defense. However, most of Elms' goals came off 50 to 70 yard drives from the midfield; the runs left the Elms attack tired and vulnerable to MIT's quickness.

Saini, Merrilees, and Torres each scored a goal before the end of the contest. MIT waited out the final seven or eight minutes of the game, keeping possession of the ball by passing and catching around the Elms defense.

The game was dominated by MIT's tenacious and aggressive play. MIT controlled the game by working hard to beat Elms to every ground ball, draw, and pass. Defenders Golden and Catherine Mangion '95 led the team in ground ball controls.

MIT was able to capitalize on interceptions and draw controls to create great scoring opportunities. Defender Marilyn Vogel '98 played a key role in defense by leading the team in interceptions. Also, Saini was able to gain possession numerous times off a consistent draw by Brown.

In a very physical game where three Elms players received warnings and two got ejected, MIT remained strong by taking the hits and coming back with fury. At the final whistle, MIT had won the game and the championship.

After the trophy was presented to MIT, coaches selected defender Golden and attacker Saini to the All-Tournament Team. Torres was named the All-Tournament Most Valuable Player.

This last regular season game improved the Engineers' season record to 10-2. MIT will play again on Thursday at 3 p.m. on their home turf in a first-round game in the New England Women's Eight Conference Tournament. The Engineers are seeded third.