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Techet Leads Women's Water Polo's 15-8 Win over Wellesley

By Darren T. Castro
Team Member

The MIT women's water polo team opened its season March 21 by soundly defeating Wellesley 158. Alex Techet G, with seven goals and three assists, was MIT's leading scorer for the game. In a well-balanced attack, Adriane Chapman '98, Yvonne Kim '98, and Melissa Poh '96 contributed two goals apiece, while Nicole Gotti G and Shan Lee '98 rounded out the scoring by adding a single goal each.

MIT established themselves quickly by scoring four unanswered goals in a three-minute span early in the first quarter. Lee started the scoring by finding Kim open at the two-meter mark just to the right of the goal for an easy score. Techet scored the next two goals for MIT. The first was off a free throw by Kim following a foul in the hole, and the second came during a six-on-five advantage when Techet tipped in a pass from Lee on the wing. Chapman started and finished the fourth goal by stealing the ball, passing it ahead to Techet, and finishing the two-on-one breakaway off the return pass. Wellesley and MIT then traded goals, and MIT led 51 after the first quarter.

MIT went on a 50 run to start the second quarter and put the game out of reach. Two six-on-five goals upped the lead to 71. Poh and Karen Fu G both found Techet in the hole for two more goals. Techet finished the scoring binge by collecting the rebound of her own shot after it deflected off the crossbar, and burying it for her fifth goal of the game. Wellesley tallied two of the next three goals, but MIT held a commanding 113 lead at halftime.

Chapman scored off a pass from Kim at the start of the third quarter to reestablish a nine-goal lead. Wellesley then notched five of the next six goals to pull to 138, but the game was never really in question. Techet finished off her sparkling game by tallying on a great individual effort with 30 seconds remaining in the match. Kim put the final touch on the victory with two seconds left when she scored on a breakaway set up by a long pass from Techet. Jeannette Chian '98 and Deena Disraelly '96 shared goaltending duties and combined for 13 saves for MIT.