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Women's Hockey Edges By Trinity After Strong Third Quarter Effort

By Carolyn Phillips
Team Member

On Sunday, the women's ice hockey team beat Trinity College 21 in a home game. The two teams were evenly matched. Only two weeks before the Trinity club team, which will be going varsity next year, beat MIT 53 at Trinity's home rink.

The women's team entered the game on Sunday psyched and ready to defend their home turf. Only 2:20 into the first period, left wing Christina Gehrke received a pass from Katherine Oates '00 and flipped the puck into Trinity's net earning MIT its first goal. At 7:22, Trinity team member Emily LaCroix was sentenced to a two minute penalty for cross checking. Despite MIT's power play advantage, Trinity maintained a strong defensive play and the first period ended 10.

During the second period, Trinity mostly dominated the lady Engineers. Near the end of period, left defensive player Anne Mitzel '99 from MIT was tossed in the penalty box for interference. However, she only stayed there for six seconds. Trinity's Mandy Lydon sent the puck into MIT's net with help from teammates Heidi Notman and Devon Beruch.

MIT entered the third period strongly, retaking their territory. The game remained tied until half way through the period. At 8:57 right defenseman Carolyn Phillips '99 whipped the puck at the Trinity net. Center Kalpana Mani '99 then tucked the puck into the net off the rebound, scoring the winning goal. However, the game remained suspenseful until the last moment as Trinity had a breakaway in the last minute of the period. Bree Huning '98, the MIT goalie, successfully captured the puck, one of many beautiful saves made by the goalie that day.

Next Sunday, the women's ice hockey will be playing Wheaton College. As the much stronger team, MIT will hopefully be adding another win to its record. A more competitive game for the Engineers will be against Skidmore College on Feb. 26.