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Women's Rugby Ends Season with Winning Record

By Marianne Bitler
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The women's rugby football team closed its season this past Saturday with a 55 tie against Providence College, to to bring its record to 5-0-1.

MIT's only score came at the beginning of the first half from a breakaway run by fullback Jennifer Joy G at the very edge of the try zone. The Providence team was able to fend off the Engineers' back line successfully for much of the first half, but Joy was able to leave the opposition behind as she so often has this season.

Rookie fly half Katie Shiels '00 and a number of veteran players had to pinch hit at different positions as some members of the team were missing.

MIT was driven back to inside their 22-yard line several times during the first half. However, the Engineers were able to fight Providence off, and MIT's forwards managed to get underneath the Providence players at least once inside the try zone. The score was 50 at half time.

In the second half an injury to flanker Sheri White G left MIT with no substitute players. Providence was soon able to force MIT back to their 5-meter line. Providence scored with only 10 minutes left in the game on a crash by their player number 5 but were unable to convert. This fired up Providence, and they were able to fend off MIT for the rest of the game, to leave the score tied 55.

Engineers win second game 370

In the second game, MIT played with a tight five of Providence players to dominate and win the game 370. MIT's scoring began when Joy ran around the opposing team to score right off the bat. Then scrum half Karen Willcox G, back at her usual position, had a pileup try.

A try soon followed from flanker Susan Lang '97, who dragged several Providence players into the zone with her. Then Providence's moonlighting player number 5 crashed through to leave the score 220 at the half.

In the second half, outside center Dana Ayotte G had several brilliant runs and crashed through to score once. Ayotte also helped to set up numerous times. After another MIT injury, wing Liz Hick G came in and helped the Engineers gain great field position.

Then the Providence ringer scored again for the Engineers. This play was followed shortly by a score by Willcox on a breakaway set up by Lang. A successful conversion ended the game with the MIT win.