Field Hockey Drops 4-2 Decision With MIT in NEWMAC Championship Quarterfinals

Field Hockey Drops 4-2 Decision With MIT in NEWMAC Championship Quarterfinals

Cambridge, Mass. - November 1, 2016 - Junior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) notched a pair of goals, but the Springfield College field hockey program suffered a 4-2 loss to MIT in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Quarterfinals on Tuesday evening at Jack Barry Field.

With the loss, the Pride, which earned the sixth seed in the tournament, finishes its season with a record of 9-10, while the third-seeded Engineers improve to 12-4 and will take on Smith College in the NEWMAC Championship Semifinals at top-seeded Babson College on Saturday.

In net for Springfield College, sophomore Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) posted 10 saves in the contest, while for the Engineers, Kate Brewer (Louisville, Ky.) registered five saves over 70 minutes of play.

MIT held a 19-11 shot advantage over 70 minutes of play, while the Engineers were also awareded 12 penalty corners to the Pride's five. With her two goals this afternoon, Kennedy pushed her season total to 13 to go with seven assists for 33 points on the year, matching her point total from a year ago.

After scoreless play for a majority of the first half, the Engineers finally broke the gridlock when Emily Penn (Columbia, Md.) drilled a shot past Drake from the left side to make it 1-0 just 7:43 before half time.

MIT opened the second half with back-to-back strikes from Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) and Penn just 5:50 apart to push its lead to three, but with 18:41 to play, Kennedy found herself all alone in front of the net and blasted a shot past Brewer to cut the Pride's deficit to a pair.

Penn would complete her hat trick with 11:46 remaining in the contest when she netted her third unassisted strike of the game, but a goal from Kennedy just 1:39 later would keep the Pride within a pair. The late rally for Springfield College was not enough, as the Pride fell, 4-2.