BRUNSWICK, Maine – Following a convincing win over Husson University in the opening round on Wednesday, MIT will travel to Bowdoin College for the second and third rounds of the NCAA Division III field hockey championship this weekend. The Engineers will face Denison University (18-1) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., looking to advance past the second round of the national championship for the first time in program history.
The Cardinal and Gray, which has already tied the program mark for wins in a season (18-3), hopes to continue its historic season. Senior Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.) helped the Engineers advance on Wednesday, tying a program record with five goals and adding an assist in the 7-0 win against Husson.
Tech draws the champions of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and eighth overall seed in the tournament in round two. The Big Red are one of the top defensive squads in the nation, allowing just 0.47 goals per game. Goalkeeper Brittany Benson is currently riding a 359-minute scoreless streak and has recorded shutouts in 14 of Denison's 18 victories. The Big Red are making their 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament but first since 2000.
In the other regional semifinal on Saturday, Bowdoin will take on Keene State University at 11:00 a.m. with the winners facing off on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
This marks the second appearance in the second round in the past three years for the Cardinal and Gray. In 2009, the Engineers defeated Nichols College, 2-1, in the opening round before falling to eventual national-semifinalist Tufts University.
Bowdoin will provide live stats and video of all three games this weekend. Links to access both can be found below:
Live stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/bowdoin/
Full tournament bracket: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/fieldhockey/d3