Field Hockey Tops Salisbury In OT (Watch GWG) - Headed To NCAA Title Game

November 16, 2007

Middlebury has advanced to the NCAA Championship game after a 2-1 overtime win over Salisbury in the NCAA semifinals at Ursinus. The Panthers will take on Bowdoin, a 1-0 winner over Lebanon Valley, in the title game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. This will mark the third NCAA title game appearance for Middlebury, as well as the first All-NESCAC final.

Rookie Allison Grant punched home a rebound off of a defensive save at 75:42 as the Panthers (17-4) advanced to the title game. The scoring chance was set up after a shot by Grant at 74:37 was saved by Sea Gulls goalkeeper Maria Ramoundos. The ball rebounded off of Ramoundos, which allowed Heather McCormick to take a shot on goal. Salisbury senior back Kristina Holland then made a defensive save, before Grant scored the game-winner.

Middlebury controlled the overtime period, out shooting Salisbury 5-1.

Both teams had chances to score in the first half, although none was better than the shot off of the stick of Middlebury's Madeleine Macmillian, whose shot went just wide with one second left in the period.

In the second half, Salisbury took a 1-0 lead on its third penalty corner of the period. Danielle Twilley scored with an assist by Holland at 40:51.

From there, Middlebury outshot Salisbury 3-0 over the next 12:05, which was capped by a goal from Lindsay McBride at 52:56 to tie the score. Grant and Lacey Farrell had the assists.

In the last five minutes of the second half, Salisbury outshot the Panthers 5-0. However, two of the shots were wide, one was blocked and goalkeeper Caitlin Pentifallo had two saves.

Pentifallo made five saves on the afternoon, while Ramoundos had seven stops for Salisbury.

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