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Women's Hockey Wins Fifth Straight by Defeating UConn

By Kalpana Mani
Team Member

Women's ice hockey scored big in its debut at the Olympics over the past two weeks in Nagano. The U.S. team captured the gold medal, and remained unbeaten with a record of 60. The Canadians came away with the silver, and Finland took home the bronze.

Anticipating the gold medal game in which the U.S. defeated Canada 31, the MIT Lady Engineers beat the University of Connecticut by the very same score last Monday. Going into the game the Engineers knew they had to contain Kate Medeiras, a key UConn player. With her blistering slapshot she had scored twice in their last encounter only five days earlier. The Engineers had triumphed in that game by a score of 53 and were determined to keep their winning streak alive.

The Engineers struck in the first minute of the opening period with a goal by Cynara Wu G assisted by Tory Herman G. Herman passed the puck up to Wu at the blue line. Wu faked around Medeiras, went 1-on-0 with the goalie, and put the puck through the five-hole. UConn responded in kind with a goal with five minutes remaining in the first period.

The score remained 11 into the second period until Christina Gehrke '99 passed the puck up the boards to Kalpana Mani '99. Mani cut into the center and put the puck in on the low right side of the net. The intensity of the game went up as UConn tried to regain the tie, and MIT worked to increase their tenuous lead.

During the third period, Anne Mitzel '99 took a penalty for interference and Carolyn Phillips '99 was put in the box for tripping. However, UConn was unable to capitalize on the power play opportunities and remained scoreless after their first goal.

The Engineers pulled ahead decisively with the third and final goal of the game scored by Gehrke on an assist from Mani. Gehrke beat the defense, deaked around the goalie, and put the puck in on her backhand with only a few minutes left to play. The MIT team has gone undefeated in its last five games. Next weekend, the team heads to Clarkson University to participate in the 1998 All-East Club Championships.