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MIT Women’s Team Takes Ultimate Win

By Kathy Dobson

TEAM MEMBER

The MIT Women’s Ultimate Team (sMITe) went undefeated last weekend to capture the UMassacre Tournament held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Competing with only ten players the for the entire weekend, sMITe bested local rival Tufts 15-11 in the final to take home the UMassacre Hatchet trophy.

In pool play on Saturday, sMITe began the day playing Harvard. Although the day was cold and windy, sMITe was patient and consistent. Led by graduate student Michelle H. Wu’s two goals and three blocks and with two goals and two blocks from Meryl del Rosario ’05, sMITe shut out Harvard.

In the next game, sMITe played the combined pick-up team BUSKRO (BU, Skidmore, Rochester, and Binghamton). Lori A. Eich ’03 collected four goals (including one of her signature monkey-rolls), Heather A. Lukacs G caught four goals, threw one and had three blocks, and Angela Tong ’05 had a pair of point blocks. SMITe won the game 13-4.

For the last game of the day, sMITe went up against Smith. Kathleen M. Rubritz ’04 led the way with three lay-out catches, two goals, and two blocks. Tong and Nancy Y. Sun ’04 contributed catching six goals and throwing six goals, respectively.

MIT knocks off Princeton

In the quarters on Sunday, sMITe found themselves up against Princeton. With only a 10 minute warm-up, sMITe was slow at the start and began the game trading points. However, after a few wise words from former player and coach Tessa Warren, sMITe pulled ahead and won the game 13-3. Lukacs caught three goals and threw three and had one point block.

In the semifinals, sMITe once again found themselves playing BUSKRO, taking the game 13-5. Sophomore Heather K. McEwen’s intense defense and Eich’s four goals helped to seal the win. Also, Christine B. Dobson ’03 threw seven goals for the engineers.

Five minutes after ending the semi-finals, sMITe found themselves on the line against Tufts in the final. After a slow start, finding themselves down 3-6 at one point, sMITe picked up their defense and took the half 8-7. Led by Wu with four blocks and Kathleen L. Dobson ’03 with 10 blocks, sMITe continued their strong play and found themselves up 14-8. Tufts would not give up and scored three unanswered points until sMITe finished the game at 15-11.