November 15, 2010

            The Panther field hockey team saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss at Ursinus in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Middlebury ends its season with a 13-5 mark, while the Bears improve to 20-1 as they advance to the final four for the third straight season.

            Three different players scored for Ursinus, with Bridget Resetco, Corinne Freeman and Alyssa Thren each netting goals. Resetco scored the first goal of the game on a hard shot from the top right corner 12:56 in for a 1-0 Ursinus lead.

            At 20:03, Freeman gave Ursinus a 2-0 lead with an assist from Jennifer Bayzick . The final goal of the game came at 40:36, when Thren scored off of a penalty corner when she dribbled through the Middlebury defense for a 3-0 lead.

            Ursinus, who owned a 28-9 shot advantage, held Middlebury scoreless as goalkeeper LauraLee Lightwood-Mater had one save. For Middlebury, junior goalkeeper Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) had 13 saves. Ursinus held an 18-6 advantage in penalty corners.

            Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Regional finals with a 3-2 win over Tufts in a game played at Ursinus on Saturday.

            The Jumbos finished with a 28-7 advantage in shots over Middlebury, and 21-5 in penalty corners. However, the Panthers were opportunistic offensively and received 10 saves from Shaw, including eight in the first half.

            Tufts took an early 1-0 advantage when Lia Sagerman tipped in a drive by Jess Perkins 9:26 into the action. That was the first of four first-half goals in the game.

            Middlebury evened the score with a similar goal, as junior Hannah Clarke (Falmouth, Maine)  tipped in a pass from sophomore Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) about six minutes after the Tufts goal at 15:44.

            Tufts had a chance to take a 2-1 lead at 25:37 with a penalty stroke attempt, but Middlebury sophomore  Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) came off the bench to deny Tamara Brown and keep it a 1-1 game.

            The Jumbos went back in front in the 27th minute of action when Lindsay Griffith converted a pass from Sarah Cannon. However, the Panthers capped the first-half by scoring with 22 seconds left when sophomore Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) tallied with another assist by Greer as the duo capitalized on a two-on-one break.

            Greer then scored the eventual game-winner at 47:06 on a penalty corner opportunity. Sophomore Clara St. Germain (Ashburnham, Mass.) inserted, sophomore Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) controlled the ball, and Greer scored with a drive from the top of the circle. The tally was her-team leading 20th of the season.

            Tufts had eight shots, including three on goal, after the Middlebury go-ahead goal, and eight corners as well. The Panthers held tight and picked up the win, as Shaw finished with 10 saves in goal.

            Earlier in the week, Middlebury had little trouble with Cabrini, earning a 6-0 NCAA first-round victory on Kohn Field.

            Middlebury took a 1-0 lead just 3:48 into the game, as Greer scored on a screened shot, with an assist to junior Liz Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.). Greer struck again at 10:11, working a nice give-and-go play with Gardiner. Junior Heather Karpas (Greenwood Village, Colo.) quickly turned and blasted a shot into the back of the cage to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead with 3:23 left in the half.

            Senior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) made it a 4-0 game 42:35 into the contest, tipping in a shot on a penalty corner after a rocket from Garry. Just 1:23 later, Gardner redirected a feed from Greer to extend the Middlebury lead. First-year player Hannah Deoul (Stevenson, Md.) netted the first of her career with 3:29 remaining, putting in a rebound after a shot from classmate Katherine Theiss (Wilmette, Ill.) had been saved.

            Middlebury held a 28-2 shots advantage in the game, while taking 16 penalty corners, including a dozen in the first half. Caitlin Donahue had a busy afternoon for the Cavaliers, making 16 stops, 12 of them coming in the first 35 minutes. Shaw made one save in 43:58 to earn the win, while Brooks saw 26:02 of action in relief.
• Field hockey record: 13-5