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The nationally-ranked No. 5 MIT women’s water polo team crushed the competition this weekend at their first tournament of the season, winning all five of their games.

Lead by Christine E. Winiarz ’07, who scored 20 goals over the course of the weekend, the Engineers swept the competition at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

After a close opening game against Boston University that ended in a 5–3 win, MIT stepped it up to defeat Bowdoin College 10-2 and Bates College 12–1 on Saturday night.

Due to the withdrawal of the University of Vermont from the league, MIT played Bowdoin College and Boston University for second matches the following day. The Engineers came back to beat Bowdoin again by a score of 8–2 and Boston University 11–1, a much larger victory margin than their earlier meeting.

Kristen L. Cook G and Analiese M. DiConti ’10 contributed 10 goals each, while Lindsey R. Sheehan ’07 and Aditi Nagaraj ’10 scored three apiece. Goalie Kelly L. Cavazos ’07 displayed a solid performance in holding her opponents to only nine goals the entire weekend. She was rewarded for her efforts with recognition as the North Atlantic Division Player of the Week.

The Engineers’ performance earned them a number one seed for the Division Championship, which will be held on April 14-15 at Bowdoin College. Their next game is against Boston College on March 21 at the Zesiger Center at 7:00 p.m.