CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT men's soccer were defeated by NEWMAC foe Springfield, 3-1, on a chilly Saturday afternoon, marking the first game the men have lost since the Sept. 15 game against Babson. The sole MIT goal of the day was scored by senior Chris Hammond (Wilmington, Del.) with less than four minutes remaining in the game. MIT's record dipped to 8-3-1 and 1-2-1 in conference play, while the Pride are now 5-8-1 and 2-2 in NEWMAC play.
Within three minutes of the start of the game, sophomore keeper Sam Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) had already had to make a save, starting the game off at a very fast pace. Three minutes later, Hammond made his first shot at goal but it was thwarted by goalie Brett Bascom, who would go on to see a lot of action during the game. In the first half, Springfield outshot MIT, 8-5. Cannon saved half of those shots, while Bascom only had to save two.
The second period began with a tied score of 0-0, but that soon changed when Michael Fowler scored Springfield's first goal in the 48th minute. Seven minutes later, Danny Amato scored the second goal of the day when the ball deflected into the far left side of the net. MIT really turned up the aggression, making seven shots in the next 20 minutes, four of which were saved. In the 76th minute, Zach Dutter lobbed the ball past Cannon to score Springfield's third and final goal of the game, leaving it with a sizeable lead over the Engineers. Finally, in the 86th minute, Hammond shot the ball past Bascom's outstretched hands and into the far left side of the net, putting MIT on the board. The late rally was not enough to catch up, however, and the score remained at 3-1 as the clock ran out.
MIT had a good chance at a goal came with just seven minutes left in the second half when freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) shot the ball from less than five yards away, but it was cleared away before it could reach Bascom. Other pivotal players for this game were Hammond, freshman Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.), who all made three attempts each at the goal.
MIT returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 17 when it faces Tufts in a non-conference game at 4:00 p.m., while the Pride will travel to Brandeis later that day.