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Lady Engineers Win First Place at 'Taco Bowl' Tournament

By Karen Plaut
Team Member

The MIT Women's Ultimate team came home with a first place win at the "Taco Bowl" tournament at SUNY-Albany this past weekend.

The first game of the weekend was against the tough Brown team that they had lost to at two previous tournaments. Brown tried to stop the lady Engineers with a zone defense, but good movement by the poppers, Jessica Young G and Jenny Fujii G, kept the disc moving into MIT's end zone. MIT held on to an early lead and came out with a 156 victory.

The second game pitted MIT against SUNY-Binghamton. Solid coverage by Alicia Volpicelli '98 kept the Binghamton team from moving the disc too far down the field. MIT won with a resounding score of 152.

The third game of the day was against Middlebury. Despite having no warm-up time, MIT quickly took the lead 20. With patient handling by Tessa Warren G, Olivera Kesler G, and Karen Plaut G, and aggressive defense, the Engineers won 159.

MIT's first game the following day was against Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. Despite the rain, the offense flowed and the defense effectively protected the end zone as MITromped RPI with a score of 150.

In the final game of the tournament, the Engineers faced Brown once again. As the ground got muddier and the disc slipperier, superb plays by Rebecca Thomas G and Etchell Cordero G helped keep the disc in MIT's possession. The Engineers held Brown to only two goals per half, winning by a convincing score of 15-4. The women's ultimate team is looking to keep up the momentum at Sectionals and Regionals in the coming weekends.