- Score: Springfield 3, MIT 2
- Records: MIT (9-7, 4-4 NEWMAC); Springfield (12-5, 6-2 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)
- The Lead: In the regular-season finale and Senior Day, the MIT field hockey team dropped a back-and-forth 3-2 final to visiting Springfield College on Sunday afternoon. Prior to the start of the game, MIT honored seniors Allie Shepard (Wexford, Pa.), Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) and Katherine Stoll (Avon, Conn.) for their contributions to the program during their MIT careers. With the loss, MIT is now the No. 5 seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT jumped on the board just over 15 minutes into the game on the third goal of the season by sophomore Jennah Haque (Bethesda, Md.). Tregoning started the rush by bringing the ball up the near sideline and Haque eventually scored on the play as she was knocked to the turf for the 1-0 lead.
- Springfield answered back almost immediately as Holly Rivers put home a rebound off a penalty corner to tie the game at 1-1. The Pride took their first lead of the afternoon with 21:41 gone in the first on an unassisted blast from just inside the circle by Taylor Conley for her 20th goal of the year.
- MIT's Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) tied the game up again in the opening minutes of the second half with her 14th goal of the year.
- With 26:49 left, Springfield's Taylor Low was awarded a penalty shot that was stopped by MIT goalie Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.).
- MIT nearly took the lead again on a pair of Haque shots with just under 12 minutes remaining, but Springfield netminder Emmalie Drake made two fantastic saves to keep the game tied. Moments later, Amanda Nusbaum gave the Pride the 3-2 advantage with an unassisted goal with 10:38 remaining.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Both goalies were outstanding as Drake made 15 saves to improve to 8-3 and Moore turned aside nine Springfield shots.
- MIT owned a convincing 14-4 advantage in penalty corners, including 11-1 in the second half alone. Overall, MIT outshot the Pride by a 30-17 margin.
- MIT returns to action on Tuesday, October 30th as the Engineers travel to WPI for a NEWMAC Quarterfinal matchup. Game time is to be determined.