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Wellesley Whipped by Women Ruckers

By Marianne Bitler
team member

The women's rugby football club overwhelmed a determined Wellesley College team 275 Saturday afternoon to leave MIT's winning streak intact at five games.

MIT came into the game prepared for a tough match because of the weather and elected to receive facing a heavy wind in the first half. Wing Jennifer Joy G had a breakaway try early in the half running halfway across the field while eluding pursuit before straightening out and scoring in the corner.

Wellesley answered shortly thereafter to tie the game and had the Engineers precariously close to their own try zone for much of the first half. Hooker Ali Popper G was able to block a kick by the energetic Wellesley back line to set up a crucial MIT possession.

Second row Kristin Dalzell '97 scored twice off second phase play at the end of the first half after outstanding runs by wing Liz Hick G.

Early in the second half, fly half Sara Woodring G scored to give the Engineers a 205 lead. Finally, Joy scored again with a run to the corner. Outside center Dana Ayotte G converted, to bring the total to 275.

MIT was able to win despite having lost several players to injuries at practice that week. Coach Meghan Hanawalt said she thought that "great tenacity and depth allowed us to win this game."

The Engineers played with some Wellesley ringers and MIT backs in the pack, which lost them the second game 105. Karen Willcox G scored the lone MIT try. The team's last game of the season is this Saturday at Providence College.