November 2, 2009

The Middlebury College field hockey team saw a late goal from Williams lift the Ephs to a 2-1 upset victory in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Kohn Field. The Panthers, who defeated Williams 7-1 on Friday, saw their record fall to 11-4 on the year.

Williams struck early, taking a 1-0 lead just 1:50 into the game as Alice Bearn finished off a scramble in front of the Panther net. Middlebury bounced back to tie the game at the 12:37 mark as junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) scored on a rebound after a shot from rookie Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) had been saved by Katrina Tulla.

The game remained at 1-1 heading into the halftime break, despite the Panthers closing the first half with three consecutive penalty corners.

Both teams battled in the second half, with neither able to take command of the game. The Panthers threatened in the 61st minute, as Tulla denied a nice backhanded shot by Greer. Middlebury kept up the pressure over the next minute, with Greer seeing a quick turn-and-shoot shot go just wide. The Ephs took possession and called a timeout with 7:26 remaining.

Williams came at Middlebury strong in the final five minutes of the game, turning up the pressure with four straight penalty corners. On the fourth corner, the initial high shot from Meera Silvalingam was saved by sophomore keeper Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.), with Lindsay Davies gathering the rebound. Davies quickly fired a shot across the goal that Shaw got a piece of before it just crossed the goal line with 5:14 left to play.

Middlebury pulled Shaw with 2:00 left to play in favor of an extra attacker, earning three penalty corners in the game's final minutes. Greer's tip of a senior Mullery Doar (Winnetka, Ill.) shot went wide on the first attempt, while Greer saw her blast just miss the post on the second penalty corner. The Panthers were unable to get a shot off on the third corner as time expired and the Ephs came away with the win.

Tulla ended the game with six saves in goal for Williams, while Shaw made six stops for the Panthers.

On Friday, Middlebury had little trouble with Williams, handing the Ephs a 7-1 defeat in the final NESCAC regular season home game for both teams.

Greer and junior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) scored two goals apiece to help lead Middlebury to the win. Greer scored the first two goals of the game to make it a 2-0 game at the 11:24 mark. The first goal came in transition, while senior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) made a quick feed to Greer during a scramble for the second tally. The goals were her team-leading 15th and 16th of the season for Greer.

Ryan scored two of the game's next three goals, with a tally from McCormack sandwiched in between. Ryan tipped in a shot from Delano to earn the first goal, before McCormack scored her sixth of the season. Ryan's second goal converted a feed from across the circle by junior Allison Grant (Louisville, Ky.).

Leading 5-0 at the break, Delano earned her sixth of the season at 39:50, with a feed from rookie Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) in transition. Sophomore Hannah Clarke (Falmouth, Maine) scored Middlebury's final goal at 50:43, converting a quick feed from junior Logan Brown (Denver, Colo.).

Williams broke up the shutout at 59:58, as Nicolle Perry tipped in a shot after a rebound from Alice Bearn.

Shaw made six saves in 54 minutes, while first-year player Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) was forced to make none over 16 minutes of play for the Panthers. Katrina Tulla made a pair of stops for Williams.
. Field hockey record: 11-4
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