Lacrosse Club Wins TournamentBy Lorien Paulson
The MIT Women’s Lacrosse club went undefeated in five games to win the First Annual Columbus Day Tournament at Brandeis University.
Despite a lack of any extra players for substitutions, MIT easily swept Brandeis University, Northeastern University, and the University of Rhode Island in the first round of Sunday’s tournament, defeating them 11-1, 7-2, and 6-2, respectively. In the semifinal round, number one seed MIT faced off against number four Brandeis. Stepping their game up a notch, MIT kept Brandeis scoreless this time and took the match with a score of 12-0.
In the finals, MIT played number two seed Rhode Island and the game was tied 4-4 after the 25 minute regulation game. In sudden death overtime, URI gained the first possession. However, the MIT defense was impenetrable, thanks to a coordinated effort led by Rachel Knipe G and Helana M. Kadyszewski ’03.
The ball traded possessions several times, but finally ended up with the MIT attackers. While driving in for a goal, Debbie Cheng ’04 was fouled by a URI defender. Cheng was given a free shot from the center of the 8 meter arc, and fired a quick bounce shot to the left side of the goal to give MIT the win.
Tournament goals were scored by Debbie Cheng, Theresa Cheng ’02, Stephanie I. Hsu ’04, Paulson, Christine Lin ’04, Deborah M. Rothman G, Jennifer M. Fiumara 02, Lynn Matthews G, Kathryn S. Auw ’05, and Maria C. Schriver ’05. MIT scored a total of 40 goals and only allowed nine goals into their own net, thanks to goalie Joyce C. Ho ’03.
“The Brandeis tournament only proves the potential of MIT’s women’s lacrosse program,” said Kadyszewski. “This will be a big year for us if we realize this potential.”
The club, which was formed by MIT Varsity Women’s Lacrosse players to prepare for the upcoming spring season, is led by Lorien M. Paulson ‘02 and Theresa Cheng. This tournament marked the first official competition of the year for the student-run team. The program looks forward to continuing their recent success, both this fall and in the spring season.