Smith College captures first NEWMAC Tournament field hockey championship

  • The Smith College field hockey team celebrates its first-ever NEWMAC Tournament championship, Saturday in Northampton. COURTESY SMITH COLLEGES

Published: 11/4/2018 8:12:03 PM

The Smith College field hockey team made history on Saturday.

Alex Larosee forced a turnover inside the circle and scored the game-winner 2 minutes, 38 seconds into overtime as the host Pioneers beats MIT, 2-1, to capture the program’s first NEWMAC Tournament championship.

Smith (14-7) was the third seed in the tournament, while the Engineers (11-8) were the fifth seed.

MIT struck first as Devon Goetz scored at 27:24 of the first half, beating Channy Cornell for her 16th goal of the season.

The Pioneers tied the game with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. On the team’s fifth penalty corner, Beatrice Chaudoin took the initial pass at the top of the circle and found Sammie Pavlov, who scored her 11th tally of the season with 1:17 left.

With 38 seconds left, Anna Ballou (Deerfield) had a chance to win the game for Smith, but her uncontested shot went wide of the net.

Cornell finished with five saves, including back-to-back stops on an MIT corner early in overtime.

Chaudoin was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

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