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Women's Hockey Ends Good Season With Close Defeat

By Kalpana Mani
team member

The women's ice hockey team played their last game of the regular season on Thursday against Amherst College. Though the Engineers fought hard, the game ended in a 54 defeat, which brought their regular season record to 870.

This game, like much of the season, brought out the best in the team and displayed their cohesiveness and tenacity. Regardless of the final score, the Engineers played a tight, focused, and skillful game.

Amherst College scored the initial goal at 6:23 in the first period. However, MIT, in a style that would become characteristic of the game, came back strong.

Lisa Stifelman G, assisted by Allison Mackay G and Jill Depto '97, scored the Engineers' first goal, to culminate an incredible passing sequence. Depto, in the low right corner, passed to Mackay at point who passed to Stifelman in front of the net. Stifelman shot it past an Amherst defense and through the goalie. This seemed to bolster the Engineers' confidence, and they held Amherst in check for the rest of the first period.

The second period started off slowly for MIT. Amherst scored their second goal 4:43 into the period. However, less than a minute later, Stifelman got the rebound from Depto's shot and one timed it to the upper left corner of the net. This tied the game at 22.

Amherst, undaunted, stick-handled past MIT for their third goal. Rising to the challenge, MIT tied it up, just 17 seconds later. This time Cynara Wu G scored for the Engineers with an assist by Tory Herman G and Raquel Roman G. Wu, in a well-executed play, wrapped around the net and scored on the short side.

In the third period, Amherst scored, and once more MIT responded. The fourth goal, too, was scored by Wu who got the rebound from Depto's shot. This assist, Depto's third, gave her a playmaker for the game.

So the Engineers had responded in kind to each of Amherst's four goals, and the last three MIT goals had been within a minute of Amherst's scoring. The Engineers were on fire, and there was a good chance that they could win it. But fate, in the form of number 18 on the Amherst team, stepped in with 23 seconds left in the game.

MIT was short-handed. A screened shot from the wide left side of goal obstinately slid into net. Though the Engineers pulled their goalie and played all out, 23 seconds was just not long enough for them to pull off another goal. The final score was 54, in Amherst's favor.

MIT goalie Adriane Faust '98, though injured, saved 26 shots to rob Amherst of many would-be goals.

"This is the most exciting game we've played all season. We really came together as a team," Stifelman said.

The women's ice hockey team will be hosting the 1997 All-East Club Championships from March 6 to 9. They will also be attending the 1997 National Club Championships at Ohio State University from April 18 to 20.