Field Hockey Clinches NEWMAC Regular Season Title with 4-0 Win over Babson
BABSON PARK, Mass.—The visiting MIT Engineers scored twice in each half en route to a 4-0 victory over Babson College this afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action this afternoon. With the victory, MIT earned the NEWMAC regular season title, their first regular season championship since winning the NEW 8 Conference title in 1996.
MIT concludes their regular season at 15-3 (6-2 NEWMAC) while the loss drops Babson to 8-11 (4-4 NEWMAC).
Four different players factored in the scoring including seniors Katie Kaufmann (Olney, Md.) and Anna Teruya (Hockessin, Del.). Sophomores Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Penn.) and Molly Duffy (New Providence, N.J.) also added goals for the Engineers. Sophomore goalkeeper Casey Landry (Peabody, Mass.) made four saves to post her sixth shutout of the season for MIT, who has won nine of its last 10 matches.
Teruya opened the scoring just 2:18 into the contest following a penalty corner when she tipped in a shot from Kauffman past Babson goalkeeper Jess Pashos (Winchester, Mass.) and inside the right post for the 1-0 advantage. Just over five minutes later, Duffy added her team-leading 19th goal of the season to give the Engineers a 2-0 lead just 7:34 into the game. Following a scramble in front of the cage, Duffy collected a loose ball and was able to lift her shot over Pashos for the goal.
Kauffman pushed the MIT advantage to 3-0 at 52:28 when she took a cross from Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) on the right wing and buried a shot from point-blank range inside the left post following a penalty corner. Wharton would score her third goal of the season at 63:11 off a hard shot from just inside the top of the arc off a pass from Duffy to make the final margin 4-0 for Engineers.
Sophomore Morgan Lockwood (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Courtney Weaving (New Preston, Conn.) led Babson with three and two shots on goals, respectively. Pashos made nine saves in a losing effort for the Beavers.
MIT will be off until next weekend when they will host the NEWMAC semifinals and championship, starting Saturday in Cambridge. Babson College will play a NEWMAC quarterfinal on Tuesday at a time and location to be determined. The conference will release all tournament pairings following the completion of play in all games this weekend.