Lamb Scores Three to Lead Middlebury to NCAA Semifinals

November 16, 2003

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont - For the third time in school history, the Middlebury College field hockey team has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers earned the right with a 5-1 win over defending NCAA Champion Rowan in a quarterfinal match-up in Middlebury. The '98 NCAA Champions also advanced to the semifinals in '94, while they remain the only undefeated team in the nation with a school-record 18-0 mark. The Championship will take place next Friday and Saturday at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. Middlebury will meet Cortland State in one match-up at 11:00, while Salisbury takes on The College of New Jersey in the other semifinal at 2:00.

Abigail Lamb opened the scoring for Middlebury as she put in her own rebound after her first shot deflected off the post. Rowan answered the goal as Sarah Wood tipped in Rhonda Bennett's shot from the outside after a penalty corner at 19:15. The game remained at 1-1 until the 8:57 mark when Char Glessner poked home a rebound after a scramble just outside the goalmouth. The Panthers had a great chance to increase the lead at 6:40, but Ashley Lyddane's shot was stopped with a nice pad save from Christine Buteas, who had come out to cut off the angle. Middlebury's Meg McGillen answered the save with a pad save of her own on a great opportunity for Beth Raliegh just one-minute later. Lamb did give the Panthers a 3-1 lead with just 1:48 left in the half, as she was able to get one past Buteas after a pair of shots from just in front of the cage.

In the second half, Middlebury gained a comfortable lead just 2:29 into the half as Lamb took a high pass from Missy Krempa before blasting a shot in from 30 feet away to make it a 4-1 game on her third goal of the contest. The game settled down at that point with neither team really having any great chances to score until the Panthers scored the game's final tally with 6:42 remaining. Keely Murphy earned the goal as she scored with an outside shot after a nice crossing pass from Ashley Pullen, to make it a 5-1 final.

Both McGillen of Middlebury and Buteas of Rowan each made five saves on the afternoon.