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Women’s Water Polo Wins Three Games But Can’t Overcome Harvard

By Jeffrey J. Colton

The Engineers took second place in a round-robin tournament this past weekend in which they won four out of five games. Despite wonderful Florida and Hawaii vacations, most of the team returned early from spring break showing great dedication to the team.

The tournament started off Friday night and was a great start for their weekend. Starting off with a seven-goal lead in the first quarter, Middlebury was no match for MIT. Captain Andrea Harsanyi ’02 and Jen Eppig ’03 led the team as the entire bench got some playing time. The game ended 17-0 recording MIT’s first shutout of the year.

The next day the Engineers would host three games against Harvard, Connecticut College, and Wesleyan. Arriving at the pool at 8 a.m. for warm-up, MIT would face its hardest competition of the tournament. Harvard, ranked 18th in the nation, dominated the game (18-1). Harsanyi scored the Engineers’ only goal.

The following game would be difficult for MIT to bounce back as Connecticut College came to the tournament with a lot of intensity and a desire to earn respect. “It was a close game,” assistant coach Wes Chao stated. “I don’t think we played well. The whole weekend was tough coming off spring break.” Missing starter Yihvan Vuong ’03 made this game a lot closer than it should have been. However, the women’s team triumphed in their first overtime game 11-10. “Both teams were missing people due to spring break,” commented head coach Jeff Ma. “But the squad we brought beat the squad they brought and that’s all that matters.”

MIT’s third game followed the same night against Wesleyan, who proved to be no match for MIT. Dominating the whole game, MIT had a 9-0 lead heading into the final quarter and ended the match 12-4. Wesleyan was missing top starter Emily Hagar, and the Engineers had no problem taking advantage of this as they cruised to victory.

The following day, opponent Bates College, a first year team, made the competition easy for the Engineers. This allowed “a lot of our lesser experienced players to step up and fill rolls they are not accustomed to, which is really nice. But we still need a lot of work,” Chao said. The final scored ended up 9-3 as MIT finished up the tournament 4-1. This puts their season record at 7-1 (3-0). The Engineers are currently ranked 8th in division III nationally.