Cambridge, MA --- Three goals in the third quarter, including a pair of penalty strokes, propelled the No. 2 seeded MIT field hockey team to a 4-1 victory over No. 3 WPI on Thursday night. Senior Taylor Grey (Horsham, PA) powered MIT with two goals and one assist.
MIT (12-4) will travel to nationally-ranked No. 15 and top-seeded Babson College for the NEWMAC Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9. This will be the third time in four years both teams will meet in the title game.
WPI sees its best season in over a quarter century end with a 17-3 record and ranked fifth in the most recent NCAA Division III New England East rankings.
The game was 1-1 at the half as after a penalty corner, MIT first-year Paige Forester (Glencoe, Ill.) sent a pass from the far side of the arc to the middle where Grey redirected the ball to the back post at 6:56. WPI leveled the semifinal contest with just over four minutes to do before intermission when, following a penalty corner, Shannon Hynes (Auburn, MA) sent a blast from the far side of the arc and the ball deflected off an MIT stick into the top corner at the far post.
A 3:28 span early in the third quarter saw MIT penalty strokes by senior Devon Goetz (Rockville, MD) and Grey sandwiched between the pair connecting on a middle tally.
Junior Grace Moore (Boston, MA) made six saves for MIT. Gabrielle Acqiusta (Longmeadow, MA) finished with seven saves while Jackie Cardin (Manchester, NH) earned a pair of defensive saves for WPI.
MIT ended the night with advantages in shots (17-12), shots on goal (13-8), and penalty corners (7-3).
While the season is over, Hynes will get one more game, participating in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game. The event is currently projected for 5pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, PA following the completion of the NCAA Division III semifinal games.
Release Courtesy MIT Sports Information