Field Hockey Tops TCNJ - Headed To NCAA Semi's

November 11, 2007

Middlebury will make its third trip in five years to the NCAA field hockey final four after a 2-1 win at The College of New Jersey in an NCAA Regional Final. The Panthers will meet Salisbury on Friday, November 16th at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, while Bowdoin meets Lebanon Valley in the other semifinal. The NCAA Championship will take place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Middlebury opened the scoring 10:24 into the game as they capitalized on a penalty corner. Marnie Rowe inserted the ball from the far side of the field to Lacey Farrell, who stopped the ball for Lindsay McBride. McBride then sent a low shot through traffic that found its way into the net for a 1-0 Panther lead.

That combination cashed in on another penalty corner with the goal being a mirror image of the first. McBride's second goal of the game came with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half. McBride entered the two regional games at TCNJ with one goal on the season, but scored three times in the pair of wins at Lions' Stadium.

In the second half, TCNJ put the pressure on the Panthers and nearly got on the board as Leigh Mitchell got a shot past Middlebury goalie Caitlin Pentifallo, but teammate Katherine Entwisle was there to make the defensive save.

TCNJ did get on the board via a penalty corner as Kelly Mitchell notched her first of the season on assists from Mary Waller and Jackie Gelinas. That goal came with 2:07 left in the game.

The Lions had several chances to get the equalizer with three more penalty corners as time ran out, but the Panthers were able to withstand that push.

TCNJ goalie Caitlin Gregory made four saves for the Lions, while Pentifallo recorded seven for the Panthers.