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Women's Hockey Victorious in Business School Tournament

By Carolyn Phillips
Team Member

The women's hockey team won first place at the Harvard Business School Hockey Tournament last weekend, recapturing their trophy from two years ago. "It was a great way to end our season," said Assistant Captain Anne Mitzel '99.

This year's HBS tournament fielded only three teams after several teams dropped out; however, "that doesn't mean it wasn't challenging," said Assistant Captain Kalpana Mani '99. "Traditionally we've been the favorites, that is the ringers' at this tournament. This year we discovered that of the three teams playing, two of them were ringers."

On Friday night, the MIT women played Harvard Business School and crushed them 51. Knowing ahead of time they would win, MIT's main objective was to not get worn out for their game the next day.

The only surprise of the game occurred on the opening face-off as Ania Gates of HBS broke out of the pack and netted an unassisted goal. That turned out to be the first and last score by HBS. MIT came back strong with five goals over the first and second period. The Engineers then spent the third period resting while running down the time.

The second game was played Saturday morning against the Lowell Lions. "We were not anticipating a strong team," admitted Tory Herman G, who scored a hat trick on Friday, "and it was a little, well, early." The 8:30 a.m. game was won by the Lowell Lions who dominated the first period with three scores on net. The rallying effort by the Engineers in the second and third period was inspirational but the game ended with Lowell winning 53. A notable performance from the MIT team was that of Sarah Webster '99, a first year player who scored one of those three goals.

Fortunately, the HBS tournament officials waived the necessity of a second game between MIT and HBS at 7 a.m. the next day, so MIT was rested for the Championship game against Lowell on Sunday afternoon. "I was so psyched for this game," said goalie Sarah Kaplan '01. "This was my tournament and I wanted to win it!" Kaplan, usually a backup goalie for Bree Huning '98, was given a chance to shine as she tended the goal for the entire HBS Tournament.

The MIT team entered the game playing hard and took a 10 after one period. Over the second and third period, however, Lowell scored two goals, bringing the score to 12. Things were looking bad for the Engineers until Patty Lee '98 sneaked a puck around the Lowell goalie with a minute left on the clock. Regulation time ended with the two teams in a tie and the game went to a shootout. After the first three skaters from each team finished the first shootout in a tie, the referee bumped the overtime period to sudden death. MIT eventually won 54 in the sudden death shootout, but not before thirteen skaters were needed from each team to break the tie.

The players on the MIT team who scored during the shootout were Mani, Christina Gehrke '99, and Herman. Kaplan more than proved herself against the 13 skaters from the Lowell team by allowing only two of them to score. "It was here that the MIT team proved its depth over the other team," said Cynara Wu G. "We were able to produce ten strong skaters for the shootout. They had several really talented young women, but then they had others who could hardly stay up on their skates."

The team will be playing their last game of the season against their own alumnae at the rink in the Johnson Athletic Center on Saturday at 2 p.m..