Middlebury

FIELD HOCKEY FALLS IN NESCAC QUARTERS

November 1, 2010

            Trinity scored three second half goals to pick up a 3-2 victory over Middlebury in NESCAC Quarterfinal action on Kohn Field. The sixth-seeded Bantams (9-6) advance to next weekend's semifinals at Tufts, where they will take on the host school at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Third-seeded Middlebury drops to 11-4 on the season and will hope for an NCAA bid when selections are announced on November 7th. The Panthers also see their winning streak snapped at nine games.

            The game was very similar to the regular season match-up between the schools on September 18th, when Middlebury picked up a 4-3 win in overtime. The Panthers led 3-1 in that contest before the Bantams tied the game and forced it into the extra session.

            Middlebury struck first Sunday, scoring the only goal of the first half at the 13:44 mark. Sophomore Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) put in her own rebound to earn her 16th of the season to make it a 1-0 game.

            Trinity tied the game on a penalty corner just 3:02 into the second half. Alanna Capasso injected the ball to Christy Bradley, who set it for a blast from Robyn Williams for her eighth of the year.

            The game remained at 1-1 until three goals were scored in a 2:17 span. The Bantams took their first lead of the contest at 58:16, when Payson Sword netted her ninth of the season with a shot from the right side after a flurry.

            Middlebury answered just over a minute later when Greer converted a penalty corner play. Sophomore Clara St. Germain (Ashburnham, Mass.) injected to sophomore Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.), who set up Greer's blast to knot the game at 2-2.

            Just 1:26 later, Trinity scored the eventual game winner, with Caroline Snite finding the back of the cage. A Middlebury defender broke up a pass, leaving Snite with an open shot from 12 yards out that she buried.

            Middlebury ended the game with a pair of penalty corners with no time on the clock, but could not net the equalizer.

            Gina Dinallo made three saves in goal to earn the win, while junior Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) suffered her first loss of the season (7-1), making four saves.

Middlebury field hockey team picked up a 2-1 overtime win at Williams in the regular season finale for both teams on Friday. Greer found the back of the net 7:13 into the first overtime from the top of the circle with an assist by rookie teammate Katie Schide (Gardiner, Maine) to propel the 13th-ranked Panthers past the Ephs.

Junior Hannah Clarke (Falmouth, Maine) tallied Middlebury's first goal at 30:49 unassisted elevating the Panthers to a 1-0 advantage that would remain for the remainder of the first. The Panthers out-shot the Ephs 7-1 and had a 2-0 penalty corner advantage.

Williams responded 10 minutes into the second frame when Margie Fulton and Betsey Hart tag-teamed for an assist and goal in traffic. At 46:26, Fulton picked up a loose ball in front of the Panther's cage and passed to Greene on the right goal-post who guided the ball past Shaw.

In the final minutes, both teams kicked up their intensity, but effectively countered each other's attacks sending the game into overtime.  The Ephs nearly doubled the Panther's shots with a 9-5 edge and ended the half with a 3-3 penalty corner draw.

Taking eight shots over the course of the competition, Greer made good on her final fast break and subsequent shot clinching the win for Middlebury 7:13 into the overtime. 

Shaw had three saves in goal to earn the win, while Katrina Tulla tallied nine saves. 
• Field hockey record: 11-4
• Up next: TBA