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NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIP: MIT Defeats WPI, 3-0, to Claim Third Straight NEWMAC Crown

NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIP: MIT Defeats WPI, 3-0, to Claim Third Straight NEWMAC Crown

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information. 

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 5 MIT 3, WPI 0

Records: No. 5 MIT (19-1-2); WPI (16-5-1)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

The Lead: The No. 5 nationally-ranked and top-seeded MIT women's soccer team won its third consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship as the Engineers topped third-seeded WPI, 3-0, this evening in Cambridge.

The victory for MIT secured an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which begins next weekend. Selections for the tournament will take place on ncaa.com on Monday, November 11 at 1:00 pm.

For her play against Springfield College and WPI this week, MIT senior captain Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) was named as the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive season.

SCORING SUMMARY:

- 47th minute (46:59) - MIT scored the first goal of the match on an own goal. Berzolla sent a cross through the box and the ball took a hard deflection off a WPI defender and went into the back of the net.

- 69th minute (68:05) - MIT sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) registered her 16th goal of the season after she finished a cross from the right side from senior Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.)

- 84th minute (83:52) - Cambridge's Engineers finished the scoring with less and seven minutes to play in regulation as O'Callaghan notched her third goal of the year off a through ball from 30 yards out from senior Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT improved to 17-11-9 all-time in the NEWMAC Tournament and picked up its sixth conference championship in program history. Today's match was the second meeting between MIT and WPI in the title match over the past four seasons. The Engineers extended their unbeaten streak at home to 48 matches which is eighth longest in NCAA Division III Women's Soccer history.

- MIT made its first-ever appearance in the top-5 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll as the Engineers were ranked fifth this week. MIT also is currently ranked seventh in the D3Soccer.com National Poll and first in the NCAA Division III Regional Rankings. Coming into today's match, Springfield was ranked tenth in the region by the NCAA.

- With a goal today, Groff became the first student-athlete since Kelli Griffin in 2001 to score 16 or more goals in a single season.

- MIT keeper Ava Gillikin (Flemington, N.J.) improved to 16-0-2 and earned her tenth solo shutout of the season with three saves for the hosts tonight, while WPI keeper Mandy St. Germain took the loss (16-5-1) with ten saves over 90 minutes for the visiting Engineers.

- MIT held a 20-7 advantage in shots and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

- The win for MIT today broke the program record for longest win streak as the Engineers have now won 13 in a row and are unbeaten in their last 19 contests.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will learn who it will be playing and where when the NCAA released the bracket for the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament on Monday, November 11 at 1:00 pm. The show can be found at NCAA.com.