MIT Rallies Past No. 15 Field Hockey in OT to Claim NEWMAC Tournament Crown, 3-2

MIT Rallies Past No. 15 Field Hockey in OT to Claim NEWMAC Tournament Crown, 3-2

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) tied the game late in regulation and scored the game-winning goal 35 seconds into overtime as second-seeded MIT edged 15th-ranked and top-seeded Babson College, 3-2, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament final on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

Babson, which had its 13-game winning streak snapped, drops to 18-4 on the year and now must wait to see if it receives one of five at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced late Sunday night. MIT, which captured its second conference tournament crown in three years, improves to 13-4 overall with its ninth straight win.

Senior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist, whiel sophomore Lauren Curley (Stow, Mass.) scored once for the Beavers. Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made three saves in the loss.

Junior Amanda Garofalo (Fairfield, N.J.) had a goal and Goetz chipped in with a defensive save in addition to her two markers for the Engineers. Junior Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.) turned away 11 shots in the victory.

The Green and White outshot MIT 11-0 in the opening quarter and took the lead on Curley's 22nd goal of the season in the 12th minute. First-year Brianne McGrath (Newmarket, Ontario) missed just wide following a corner, but Roche intercepted an MIT pass on the restart and fed Curley, who blasted a shot past Moore from the center of the circle for a 1-0 advantage.

The Engineers were limited to just one shot in the opening half but took advantage to tie the game when Garofalo tapped home a loose ball in front of the goal after a long pass in by Goetz. The Beavers went back in front just over three minutes later though, as Roche jammed home her own rebound following a hard pass into the circle by sophomore Millie Brady (Far Hills, N.J.) to make it 2-1.

Riley kept Babson in front with a trio of third-quarter saves before Goetz tied the game again by tucking a penalty stroke inside the left post with 7:02 to go in the fourth. Moore made the only save of the stanza, coming off her line to deny senior Kate Driscoll's (Milton, Mass.) drive towards goal with 42 seconds to go in regulation.

The overtime period lasted just 35 seconds as Goetz took a long pass just over the midfield stripe and broke into the circle. Her initial centering pass was blocked, but she regained possession and slipped a shot inside the left post for the game winner.

• The Beavers are 29-18 all-time against MIT but have dropped their last three NEWMAC Tournament games to the Engineers.
• With Saturday's three-point effort, Roche has now totaled 125 career points tying her for fifth on Babson's all-time list.
• Curley's first-quarter goal extended her scoring streak to eight consecutive games.
• Saturday's loss was just the second for the Beavers in the last 46 games when scoring at least two goals.
• Prior to Saturday the team that scored first had won eight straight matches between Babson and MIT.