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Women's Lacrosse Starts Season with 20-6 Victory

Thomas R. Karlo - The Tech
Marilyn Vogel '98 (#24) backs up Maddy Burke '99 as she drives to the net. Burke scored three goals and Vogel two in MIT's 20-7 victory over Plymouth State College at Jack Barry Field on Wednesday.

By Erik S. Balsley
sports editor

The women's lacrosse team began its season with a decisive 207 victory over Plymouth State College Wednesday night on Jack Barry Field in their first home game of the year.

The Engineers played smartly as a team to take an early lead in the game. The team had earned a 135 lead by halftime and continually worked to widen the margin throughout the second half.

Early in the second half, Plymouth State scored a goal to bring the score to 136. However, MIT played a much more controlled game to deny Plymouth State another goal until the final minutes of the game.

At the same time the Engineers steadily continued to expand their lead. With 23:08 left in the game Tracy Sadowski '99 scored a goal off a free position shot to bring the score up to 156.

About 10 minutes later with 13:24 left in the game, Marilyn Vogel '98 skillfully worked her way through the Plymouth defense to score another goal to put MIT up 166. The ball was brought to the center of the field for the draw.

The Engineers successfully took the ball, and it was passed to Sadowski, who ran down a clear field to score another goal with 12:42 left in the game to bring the score to 176.

The team played smartly throughout the half and passed very well to dominate Plymouth State.

With about five minutes left in play, MITfound itself in control of the ball but was kept behind the net by unusually strong defensive play from Plymouth State. The Engineers patiently held the ball behind the net, until Vogel slipped the ball past the Plymouth State goalie to bring the score to 196. Sadowski soon had the ball again and scored the Engineers' final goal to put them ahead by 15, 206.

Plymouth State then made a series of good plays to slide one into the net with two minutes left in play to bring the score up to 207. However, the game was already won. As the final 10 seconds wound down the rest of the team on the sideline counted down the seconds to their 207 victory.

Excellent performances were put in from Sadowski, who made 8 of 11 shots on goal and a free position goal, Vogel, Maddy Burke '99, and Connie Sadowski '99. In addition to these players, excellent goaltending from Anne Lee '99 was a factor in the team's victory. Lee saved 11 of the 18 shots Plymouth State managed to take at goal.

Coach Cheryl Silva said she saw some "really good things from the team" and said the game was a great start for them. She said she was "happy with the passing game the team played" and how they played together as a team throughout the game.

The team will be heading to Florida over Spring Preak to train and to play Skidmore College and the State University of New York College at Fredonia. Their next home game is on Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m. against Wellesley College.