CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following its third NEWMAC title in four years, the MIT field hockey team learned it received a first-round bye and will travel to William Smith College to kickoff the 2012 NCAA Championship tournament. The nationally-ranked No. 20 Engineers (17-2) will do battle with either No. 6 Bowdoin College or SUNY New Paltz on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m.
The No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC tournament, MIT earned a bye and a spot in the semifinals where it defeated No. 3 seed Wellesley College, 2-1, and then topped No. 4 Springfield College, 6-3, in the title game. Last year, the Engineers made the program's deepest run in the NCAA Tournament as they advanced to the national quarterfinals where they fell to Bowdoin, 3-0.
Bowdoin was the runner up in the NESCAC tournament after falling in the title game to No. 1 Middlebury College in penalty strokes. Ranked among the top six teams in the NFHCA poll all season, the Polar Bears (14-3) have won three of the last five NCAA Division III Championships and advanced to the national semifinals last fall. New Paltz has won 10 consecutive games, including a shootout win over SUNY Cortland State for the program's first SUNYAC Championship.