Cambridge, Mass. (November 10) – Five MIT teams are ready to begin competition in NCAA events beginning this weekend after they all won New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships earlier this fall including women's volleyball, women's soccer, field hockey, men's cross country and women's cross country.
The No. 18 women's volleyball team, which claimed the NEWMAC title with a 3-0 sweep of Wellesley College last weekend, opens NCAA Regional action this afternoon in Providence, R.I. with a first round matchup with North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Champion Maine Maritime at 3:00 p.m. Led by American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-New England Selections Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) and Alli Davanzo (Saint John's Fla.) as well as New England Freshman of the Year Andie Maloney (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), and NEWMAC Coach of the Year Paul Dill, the Engineers enter the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 28-2 and are making their 19th appearance in the national bracket. Other teams in MIT's regional include No. 8 host Johnson & Wales, Elms College, Wesleyan University, Wellesley College, Tufts University and UMass-Boston. Should the Engineers defeat Maine Maritime this afternoon, MIT would face the winner of Tufts/UMass-Boston tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and the regional championship match is slated for Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
The No. 13 women's soccer team is hosting an NCAA regional pod after winning its first NEWMAC championship since 2011 with a 2-0 win over Springfield College last weekend. The Engineers, which sport a record of 18-1-1 this fall, will play NAC champion Castleton University tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. and should they advance to the second round, will play the winner of No. 17 Middlebury/Western Connecticut State on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. MIT is led by NEWMAC Athlete of the Year Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) and NEWMAC Coach of the Year Martin Desmarais, all of whom have aided MIT to its best season in program history by breaking the records of goals, points, assists, wins, and longest win streak.
The No. 7 field hockey team, which won the NEWMAC championship last Saturday with a 1-0 win over nationally-ranked Babson College, heads to The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) for the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. MIT is guided by head coach Cheryl Silva as well as NEWMAC Athlete of the Year Emily Penn (Columbia, Md.) and NEWMAC Rookie of the Year Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.). MIT, which has a record of 16-2 - the most wins for the program since 2012 - will square off with Centre College tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in New Jersey in the team's fourth NCAA appearance. Should the Engineers defeat Centre tomorrow, MIT will play the winner of TCNJ/SUNY Cortland on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with a trip to the NCAA Final Four on the line.
The No. 2 women's cross country team and No. 10 men's cross country team will both compete at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship tomorrow in Gorham, Maine. The women are coming off their 11th straight NEWMAC title and are led by nine NEWMAC All-Conference selections including Mary Eccles (Wahiawa, Hawaii), freshman Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.), Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany), Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.), Marissa McPhillips (Naragannsett, R.I.), Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.), Tessa Weiss (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) and Emily Niu (Painted Post, N.Y.). The MIT women are seeking their fifth NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship this weekend and are looking to win back-to-back titles for the first time in program history.
The men, who are led by NEWMAC Runner of the Year Dennis Maloney (New Albany, Ohio), NEWMAC Rookie of the Year Jake Oeding (Bloomington, Ind.) as well as NEWMAC Coach of the Year Halston Taylor, are coming off their 20th straight NEWMAC Championship and are looking for the program's third Regional Championship. Should the Engineers win the team title this weekend, it would be the first time in program history in which MIT has won back-to-back New England Championship. Both the men and the women not only have their sights set on New England titles, but also are working towards competing in the NCAA Division III National Championship which is scheduled to take place in Elsah, Illinois on Saturday, November 18.
We wish the best of luck to our five teams competing in NCAA Championship events this weekend!
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