Field Hockey Has 1-1 Week

October 13, 2008

The Middlebury College field hockey team saw Tamara Brown score just 3:31 into overtime to lift Tufts to a 3-2 NESCAC win over Middlebury on Kohn Field. The seventh-ranked Jumbos remained undefeated at 9-0 on the season, while the third-ranked Panthers fall to 7-2.

Tufts took a 1-0 lead at the 25:55 mark as Michelle Kelly found the back of the net for her ninth goal of the season. The Jumbos made it a 2-0 game later in the half, as Melissa Burke finished off a flurry in front after a quick feed from Brittany Holiday. Middlebury answered with a goal from junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) just 1:31 later, as she scored with some nice individual moves. The Jumbos looked strong in the first half, holding a 14-5 shots advantage as they headed into the intermission with a 2-1 lead.

Middlebury came out strong in the second session, with several opportunities to score. Delano struck again at 26:19, netting the equalizer with some nice stick-work around the goalkeeper.

The game remained at 2-2 for the remainder of the half, with Middlebury controlling much of play with an 11-3 lead in shots.

Tufts had a few shots early in overtime, but senior netminder Caitlin Pentifallo (River Edge, N.J.) made the saves for Middlebury, before Brown was able to break through for the game-winner. Pentifallo finished the day with five stops, while Marianna Zak made seven saves to earn the win.

Earlier in the week, Middlebury trailed 1-0 before scoring three goals in the first 14 minutes of the second half to come away with a 3-2 win over Trinity on Kohn Field. The Panthers entered the game ranked third in the latest national poll, while the Bantams were ranked 12th. Trinity suffered its first loss of the season, moving to 8-1 and 4-1 in league play.

Trinity took a 1-0 lead 13:26 into the game as Robyn Williams found Carrie Wolcott in transition, as she finished to give the Bantams the advantage. The game remained at 1-0 until Middlebury scored twice in less than a minute early in the second half to take a 2-1 lead.

Sophomore Allison Grant (Louisville, Ky.) made a quick pass in front to Delano, who found the back of the cage to knot the game at one. Delano struck again 59 seconds later with her 13th goal of the season, as she gathered the ball before turning and scoring quickly from the stroke line.

Grant gave the Panthers some breathing room at 49:04 as she took a nice up-pass from Delano and scored for the 3-1 advantage. Wolcott and Williams hooked up again for Trinity with just 40 seconds remaining to make it a 3-2 final.
. Field hockey record: 7-2
. Up next: 10/14 @ Keene - 6:00, 10/18 vs. Bates - 11:00