CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After winning its first NEWMAC title in program history against Springfield on Sunday afternoon, the MIT men's soccer received an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Championship tournament. The Engineers will travel to Oneonta, N.Y. to face host SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.
MIT started off the NEWMAC tournament in the fifth spot but went on to beat No. 4 Wheaton, No. 1 Babson and No. 3 Springfield to earn a spot at the upcoming NCAA tournament. This is only the third time that the Cardinal and Gray have made it to the tournament, the other times being in 2003 and 2008. Oneonta won its second straight SUNYAC title over the weekend, giving the Red Dragons an automatic bid to NCAAs. This is the first time the two teams have ever met.
The Engineers, who are coached by Mike Singleton and led by captains Chris Hammond (Wilmington, Del.) and Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.), ended the regular season with a record of 13-4-2. Babson is the only other school that will be representing the NEWMAC at the tournament.