No. 12 Field Hockey Claims NEWMAC Title With 1-0 Win Over Babson

No. 12 Field Hockey Claims NEWMAC Title With 1-0 Win Over Babson

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 2 MIT 1, No. 1 Babson 0

- Records: MIT (16-2); Babson (17-4)

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

- The Lead: For the first time since 2012 and the fifth time overall, the MIT field hockey team claimed the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship with a 1-0 win over top-seeded Babson on Sunday afternoon. The Engineers came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed and No. 12 nationally, while Babson is ranked No. 3 in the nation currently.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The lone goal of the game came just four minutes in as the Engineers rushed up the sideline for the offensive opportunity. MIT's Amanda Garofalo (Fairfield, N.J.) crossed the ball nearly along the goal line before senior Anna Neuman (Abingdon, Md.) slammed the shot home for the 1-0 lead. The goal was the third of the season for Neuman, while it was Garofalo's team-leading eighth assist of the year. The play was started by junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.), who brought the ball up the far side and crossed it to Garofalo.

- The Babson offense put a tremendous amount of pressure on the MIT defense and freshman goalie Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.) as the Beavers held a 19-1 overall advantage in penalty corners that included a 14-0 margin in the second half. Moore was up for the challenge though as she kept the hosts off the scoreboard and was named as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after an eight-save effort.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- The Beavers held a convincing 18-2 advantage in total shots, including 14-0 in the second half. Overall, Babson's Ashley Tango and Lauren Drakeley combined for 10 total shots that included three shots on goal for each of them.

- In the latest NCAA New England East regional rankings, Babson maintains the No. 1 spot while MIT remained in the No. 2 position.

- While Moore had eight saves for MIT, Babson netminder Deirdre Barry finished the game with zero stops.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship as the field will be announced at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night via a press release on www.ncaa.com.

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