MIT Defeats Wellesley, 2-1, in NEWMAC Field Hockey Tournament Semifinals

Bailey Tregoning and Delia Stephens
Courtesy of Adam Richins

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 2 MIT 2, No. 6 Wellesley College 1

- Records: MIT (15-2); Wellesley (8-12)

- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (MacDowell Field)

- The Lead: Junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) and freshman Delia Stephens (Austin, Texas) both had goals as second-seeded MIT edged sixth-seeded Wellesley College, 2-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field. The Engineers will face top-seeded and host Babson College in the championship at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Wellesley withstood seven early penalty corners before MIT took the lead on Stephens' first career goal in the 25th minute. Freshman Amanda Garofalo (Fairfield, N.J.) sent a hard pass towards the cage from the right side of the circle and Stephens was in a perfect position to tip it in at the far post for a 1-0 lead.

- Tregoning doubled the MIT advantage with her 12th goal of the year just 1:21 into the second half when she slipped the ball through traffic in front of the net.

- The Blue cut its deficit in half with just over 14 minutes to go in regulation when Arielle Mitropoulos redirected a pass towards goal by Emmy Hamilton for her 12th marker of the year.

- Wellesley goalie Maggie Connelly made three late saves to keep the margin at one, but the Blue's best scoring chance in the final minutes went wide off the stick of Mitropoulos with under seven minutes to play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT finished with an 18-9 advantage in shots and a 13-5 margin in penalty corners.

- Freshman Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.) turned away three shots for the Engineers while Connelly finished with five saves.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will be making its second straight NEWMAC Championship appearance and eighth overall. The Engineers and Babson met in the 2016 championship which resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Beavers.

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Courtesy of Babson College