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Four Springfield College Teams To Compete For NEWMAC Championships This Week

2013 NEWMAC Championships Springfield, Mass. - November 5, 2013 - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships will be in full swing this week with four Springfield College teams battling for conference titles and an automatic berth into the upcoming NCAA Division III Championships.

Women's Volleyball
Entering the week as the top seed, the Springfield College women's volleyball team will receive a first round bye and take on the winner of MIT/Smith at Springfield College on Saturday November 9th at 1:00 p.m.

In earlier meetings this season, Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) produced a match-high 17 kills as the Pride picked up a three-set win against the visiting Pioneers, while at MIT, Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) led the Pride to a three-set win with 12 kills.

The other semifinal will see the winner of #3 Babson/#6 Coast Guard play the winner of #2 Wellesley/#7 Clark at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship taking place at Springfield College on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Women's Soccer
The third ranked Springfield College women’s soccer team will play host to sixth-seeded WPI in the NEWMAC Quarterfinals at Brock-Affleck Field Tuesday November 5th at 7:00 p.m.

In it's quest to repeat as NEWMAC Champions, the Pride will battle an Engineer team with which it earned a draw against in the regular season. The game ended with a 1-1 score after double overtime, as the Pride used a goal by Nina Vital (Ludlow, Mass.) in the 66th minute to draw the game level.

The winner will advance to the NEWMAC Semifinals on Saturday November 9th at 2:00 pm at Jack Berry Field at MIT and will face second-seeded Wheaton. The Championship will be held Sunday November 10th at MIT at 3:00 p.m.

Field Hockey
The Springfield College field hockey team will travel to face fourth-seeded Babson on Tuesday at 6:00 pm in the NEWMAC Quarterfinals.

The fifth-seeded Pride fell to the Beavers during the regular season 5-2, despite the game being tied at one at the half. Springfield was paced by Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) that day, as she netted both goals for the Pride.

The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the NEWMAC Semifinals to face top-seeded Wellesley Saturday at Wellesley at 1:00 p.m. The Championship will be held Sunday November 10th at Wellesley at 1:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer
In men's soccer, the Pride are the fifth-seed in the NEWMAC Championship and will square off with fourth-seeded Coast Guard at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

Having just played each other on Nov. 2 in the regular-season finale, the Pride and Bears battled in a double-overtime thriller, with Coast Guard prevailing 2-1. Scott Saucier (Derry, N.H.) scored Springfield's marker to tie the contest in the 75th minute to force overtime.

The winner of this game will play in the conference semifinal Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against first-seeded host MIT at Steinbrenner Stadium with the advancing team moving on to play in the championship Sunday November 10th at 12:00 pm.

As a reminder, there is a fee for admittance to NEWMAC Championship events. Adult tickets are $4, while seniors are $2, and students are $1.

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