Five Conference Titles | Three NCAA Tournament Appearances | Five All-Americans 

Colonels defeat No. 7 MIT, advance to first-ever NCAA Elite Eight

Colonels defeat No. 7 MIT, advance to first-ever NCAA Elite Eight

EWING, N.J. – For the first time in program history the Centre College field hockey team is advancing into the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, defeating No. 7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2-1, in the "Sweet 16" Saturday afternoon.

The Colonels improved to 17-4 overall – setting a new program record for wins in a season – while handing the seventh-ranked Engineers (16-3) their third loss of the campaign.

"To say I'm proud would be an understatement," Head Coach Jenelle Anthony said. "These girls are the definition of resilience. Their fight and willingness to battle along side each other is a huge testament to the senior leadership and cohesiveness of our program."  

In a match featuring two teams riding eight-game winning streaks, it was the Colonels that struck first.

Senior Natascha Loeb (Charlotte, N.C.) scored her second goal of the season less than eight minutes into the game, as junior Peyton Baer (Asheville, N.C.) provided the assist off the penalty corner.

Centre out-shot MIT 5-2 in the opening half, carrying its 1-0 edge into the break, as well.

Five minutes into the second period, senior standout Hayley Barker (Louisville, Ky.) gave the Colonels a 2-0 advantage, ripping off the score from the top of the circle.

Centre's defense continued to stifle MIT, but eventually the Engineers' Katie Notarangelo found the back of the net to bring the score to 2-1 in the 59th minute.

MIT wouldn't get another shot off, however, as the Colonels hung on for what is perhaps the highest profile victory in program history.

Centre advanced to the "Elite Eight" by slotting a pair of goals past MIT keeper Grace Moore, who ranked second in the nation with a .850 save percentage entering the match.

The Colonels' own goalie, sophomore Kristen Mulcahy (Cedarburg, Wis.), finished with four saves.

Centre finished with more shots (13 to 9), shots on goal (10 to 5) and corners (6 to 5) than the Engineers.

The Colonels will meet No. 3 The College of New Jersey Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The host Lions defeated SUNY-Cortland Saturday, 2-1.