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The MIT field hockey played in the NEWMAC semifinals and finals this past weekend at Babson College in an attempt to defend its conference title. They defeated Wheaton 6-1 in the semifinals, but fell to Babson by the same score in the conference final.

On Saturday, the number two seeded Engineers faced Wheaton College to open their postseason play.

Jessica M. Oleinik ’11 put MIT on the scoreboard just over nine minutes into the game, on an assist from the top of the circle from Kameron L. Klauber ’12.

Klauber would add two more goals in the next three minutes, to extend the MIT lead to 3-0.

Wheaton responded in the 20th minute to get on the scoreboard, but Alexandra A. Wright ’11 scored two minutes later on an assist by Molly E. McShane ’13 to bring the score to 4-1 at the half.

In the second half, the MIT defense stifled the Wheaton attack, allowing only two shots. Klauber added her third goal of the game in the 43rd minute, and Kimberly A. Barker tacked on one final goal with under five minutes left to seal the victory.

One day later, MIT would face the hosts and top seed, Babson College, in the NEWMAC final.

The Engineers opened the game with several scoring opportunities, but Babson’s Morgan Lockwood deflected a shot in the MIT net in the seventh minute. Babson added another goal in the 12th minute, but the MIT defense was able to keep the deficit at two.

Babson would add three more unanswered goals at the beginning of the second half to bring the score to 5-0.

McShane finally put the Engineers on the scoreboard in the 51st minute on an unassisted goal, but that would be the only goal of the game for MIT.

Babson’s offense outshot MIT 17-10 and took 15 penalty corner to the Engineers’ five. Goalkeeper Keri A. Dixon ’11 finished the day with three saves. MIT finishes its season 15-4.