Westwood, Mass. (November 3) – Earlier today, the Wheaton College administration notified the Conference Office of recent events that transpired on campus involving their women's soccer team. These actions directly affect the remainder of the 2017 NEWMAC Women's Soccer Championship and the conference office along with the Executive Committee are working diligently on reviewing the necessary next steps.
In a statement from NEWMAC Executive Director, Patrick B. Summers, "The NEWMAC fully supports Wheaton College's decision to not allow the team to compete in the remainder of the 2017 season. Wheaton's actions show their commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse community which are consistent with the NEWMAC's core values of excellence, integrity and respect.
While unfortunate that this will impact the 2017 NEWMAC Women's Soccer Championship, the discipline and decision by Wheaton College re-emphasizes the NEWMAC Presidents' and Directors of Athletics' position on promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and a positive environment for all our student-athletes, staff and fans."
After working with the NEWMAC Executive Committee on Thursday, the conference office is announcing the changes to the 2017 Women's Soccer Championship bracket as follows:
- #1 Seed MIT will advance to the championship game.
- #3 Babson will face #4 Springfield in the semifinal round on Saturday, November 4th at 10:30 a.m. at MIT. (Live Stats | Video)
- The semifinal winner will then face #1 MIT on Sunday, November 5th at 1:00 p.m. at MIT. (Live Stats | Video)
For an updated PDF bracket click HERE
With the new bracket MIT reaches the NEWMAC Championship match for the second time in as many seasons. Babson College earned its spot in the semifinal round with a 3-0 win over sixth-seeded Clark University, while Springfield College bested fifth-seeded Wellesley 7-6 in penalty kicks after 110 minutes of scoreless play on Tuesday evening.