Field Hockey Topples Top-Seeded Babson, 2-1, to Advance to NEWMAC Championship Game

Field Hockey Topples Top-Seeded Babson, 2-1, to Advance to NEWMAC Championship Game

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 2, No. 13 Babson College 1

- Records: MIT (11-7); No. 13 Babson College (15-4)

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

- The Lead: Sparked by two first-half goals and a 19-save performance by sophomore goalie Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.), the No. 5 seeded MIT field hockey team knocked off top-seeded Babson College by a 2-1 margin in the NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals.

A LOOK AT THE ACTION:

- Near the midway point of the first half, a shot from sophomore Amanda Garofalo (Fairfield, N.J.) went just wide left off a penalty corner for an early MIT scoring chance. Just 36 seconds later, the Engineers got on the board on a goal from Megan Flynn (Branchburg, N.J.) that was set up by a backhand cross in front of the goal by senior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) that eventually bounced to Flynn.

- MIT added to the lead with 11:37 on the clock before halftime on the 15th goal of the season by junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.). Goetz lifted a shot from the right side of the net and into the upper left corner for the 2-0 edge. Assisting on the goal was freshman Emily Genevriere (San Jose, Calif.) as that was her first assist of the season 

- Moore faced a penalty stroke for the second straight game with 4:51 left in the period as the shot by Babson's Maddy Paro went way left to keep the Beavers off the board. Moore made two more excellent kick saves with four minutes left in the first as well.

- Moore kept the hosts off the board with a great kick save on a shot from Lauren Drakeley before the Beavers finally cut the lead in half with 9:04 remaining. Off a pass from Paro, Lauren Curley fired a rocket into the upper left corner for her eighth goal of the season and a 2-1 margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- For Moore, this was her third double-digit save performance of the year as she was just two shy of her season-high of 21 that came vs. No. 3 Tufts. In net for Babson, Cassidy Riley took the loss after a five-save outing.

- Babson owned a 20-7 advantage in shots on goal and a considerable 15-6 edge in penalty corner opportunities that included 12-3 in the second half alone.

- This marks the seventh overall and third consecutive appearance in the NEWMAC Championship Game for the Engineers.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Saturday, November 3rd as the Engineers travel No. 2 Smith for the NEWMAC Championship Game beginning at 1 p.m.

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