Women’s Water Polo Take One of Two Last Weekend
Women Face Mount Holyoke, Boston CollegeBy Jeffrey Colton
The women’s water polo team caught a huge wave this weekend as they opened up a three-team round-robin at Alumni Pool on Saturday.
Riding high off of last weekend’s victories, the Engineers were ready to take on anything.
The first game was against western foe Mt. Holyoke College, a club team from South Hadley, Massachusetts. Coming from a city further inland than Boston proved to be harmful as they were swallowing the wake of the MIT ladies. Speed by Jennie Cochran ’03 and Andrea Harsanyi ’02 proved to be unmatched as they, with the help of the rest of the team, led the transition game and counter attacked to multiple goals giving.
The half-court game was successful as well as Lea Engst ’02 stepped up on defense along with others to keep the Lions to only one goal throughout twenty-eight minutes of play. Kristen Clements ’02 topped off the offense with her first goal of the year giving MIT a total of 10 for the game, for a final score of 10-1.
BC hungry for victory over MIT
With both MIT and their afternoon opponent BC tired from earlier games, it came down to which team wanted it more. The game got off to a slow start with a score of 5-4 Boston College early on in the third quarter. Rebecca Geraci ’00 made some great goalie saves on multiple uncontested shots from the Golden Eagles keeping the Engineers close. Jen Eppig ’03 also helped out with agile defense on the transition. However, late in the third quarter both teams started to show fatigue and sloppy defense led to a frenzy of goals.
The teams alternated scoring as and the score quickly rose to 10-8 Boston College. In the middle of the fourth quarter, MIT’s wave hit the shore as BC’s desire and intensity uplifted them to a 6-1 run as they finished off MIT 16-9.
Since neither games affected their conference standing, the ladies will use these games as a learning experience and continue to work hard in practice as they prepare for upcoming conference games.
Recently, the NCAA selected the MIT water polo team to represent the East Coast in the Division III national championships later on this year.
Current Record: 8-2 (3-0)