Field Hockey Loses NESCAC Championship In OT
November 6, 2004
11/7/04 - Williams won its third NESCAC title with a 4-3 overtime victory over Middlebury on Kohn Field. The win avenges an earlier season overtime loss, and a 1-0 loss in the '03 NESCAC title game. The loss snaps a 15-game winning streak for the Panthers and is their first of the season. Williams receives an automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Championship, while Middlebury will hope for an at-large bid when selections are announced Sunday night.
Williams took a 1-0 lead when Tara Boyd scored after a defensive save by Michelle Archambault. The Ephs took a 2-0 lead at the 10:10 mark when Cathleen Clark went one-on-one with Middlebury goalkeeper Meghan McGillen and scored on the rebound. Middlebury bounced back, just 1:21 later as Lauryn Nicasio found Ashley Lyddane in front, before she finished among a scramble after a penalty corner began the play. Williams took a 2-1 lead into the halftime break, despite being out shot 18-7.
Middlebury turned up the pressure midway through the second half, but could not seem to solve Williams netminder Wendy Stone. Allison Smith broke through at 24:41 as she tipped in a shot from Channing Weymouth after a penalty corner to knot the game at two. Williams regained the lead at the 10:10 mark as Carolina Jolly slid one past McGillen on a rebound which started from a penalty corner. The Panthers hung tough and were able to tie the game once again, with just 5:42 remaining. Reid Berrien was able to get the equalizer for the Panthers as she scored with a nifty shot down low after another penalty corner. Middlebury continued to bring pressure in the game's final five minutes, but could not net the game-winner despite several penalty corners and quality shots.
The game headed into overtime where the Panthers had a few chances early before the Ephs would put the game away with 8:05 left. Cathleen Clark made a nice centering pass to Boyd, who fired a strong shot into the back of the cage to give the Ephs the conference title.
Middlebury held a big advantage statistically, but not on the scoreboard. The Panthers out shot the Ephs 35-16 and had a 17-1 advantage on penalty corners. McGillen ended the game with six saves for Middlebury, while Stone made 13 saves for Williams.
Date: November 7, 2004
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 OT F
Williams (14-3) 2 1 1 4
Middlebury (15-1) 1 2 0 3
W-1st (22:57) - Tara Boyd
W-1st (10:10) - Cathleen Clark
M-1st (8:49) - Ashley Lyddane (Lauryn Nicasio)
M-2 nd (24:41) - Allison Smith (Channing Weymouth)
W-2nd (10:10) - Carolina Jolly
M-2nd (5:42) - Reid Berrien (Ashley Pullen)
W-OT (8:05) - Boyd (Clark)
Meghan McGillen-M (76:55 min., 6 saves, 4 GA)
Wendy Stone-W (76:55 min., 13 saves, 3 GA)