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Women's Ice Hockey Wins McArthur Championships

By Michelle V. Bakkila and Kalpana Mani
Team Members

The women's ice hockey team finished its season with a bang by winning the McArthur MBA World Hockey Championships, held March 22-24, hosted by Harvard University Business School. The other teams competing were Business Schools from Dartmouth and Yale Universities and Holy Cross College.

The MITteam, consisting mostly of first-year players, began the tournament Friday night with a game against Harvard Business School, one of its biggest rivals. After an intense game, they went home with a frustrating 00 tie.

Returning Saturday morning, the team faced Dartmouth. While the team's scoring improved, the game again ended in a tie, this time at 33.

With a record of 0-0-2, the team earned a third seed in the tournament, and faced Yale in a 7 a.m. game Sunday. At the end of regulation play, MIT had tied a third time, 22.

Instead of playing a sudden-death overtime, the game went to a best-of-three shootout. With overtime goals scored by Kalpana Mani '99 and Aradhana Narula G, MIT finally won the game, 42.

MIT faced Harvard in the finals only three hours later. After regulation play, the game was yet again tied, with a score of 1-1. In overtime, goals were scored by Cynara Wu G and Tory Herman G, giving MIT a 3-1 win and the championship.

Goalie Adriane Faust '98, allowed no overtime goals in the tournament. Tournament most valuable player recognition went to left wing Elicia Maine G, who scored four goals in the tournament.

Overall, the team played an excellent four games. All of the offensive lines played remarkable passing games, controlled the puck in the offensive zone, and rebounded consistently. The defense kept its opponents' goals to a minimum.