Field Hockey Tops UMaine-Farmington In NCAA Game

November 7, 2007

Middlebury outshot UMaine-Farmington 40-4 as the Panthers picked up a 5-1 win over the Beavers in an NCAA Tournament first-round game on Kohn Field. The Panthers advance to an NCAA Regional this weekend at The College of New Jersey, where they will take on Messiah (14-4) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. If victorious, Middlebury will play in the regional final on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. UMaine-Farmington ends its season with a 13-6 record.

Middlebury opened the scoring at the 27:28 mark as Reid Berrien carried the ball down the middle before winding up and blasting a shot into the right side of the cage from the outside. The goal was her team-leading 19th of the season.

The Panthers threatened again later in the half, but a defensive save by Ashley Weeks and then a pair from Renee Trafton kept it a 1-0 game.

Lacey Farrell gave Middlebury a 2-0 lead at 15:41 as she put home her own rebound. After several penalty corners, the Panthers finally broke through at 8:35 as Heather McCormack deflected an outside shot from Chase Delano to give Middlebury a 3-0 lead at the intermission.

UMaine-Farmington got on the board just 1:46 into the second half as Erika Lucas put home a shot down low that was sent in by Andrea Tyler.

Berrien scored her second of the game from a tough angle near the end line at 22:28, while she made a nice crossing pass to Farrell for her second tally of the contest with 19:32 remaining.

Caitlin Pentifallo ended the day with a pair of saves to earn the win, while Kaeleigh Barker made 14 saves for the Beavers.

Date: November 7, 2007
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Site: Kohn Field - Middlebury, Vt.

UMaine-Farmington (13-6) 0 1 - 1
Middlebury (14-4) 3 2 - 5

M-1st (27:28) - Reid Berrien
M-1st (15:41) - Lacey Farrell
M-1st (8:35) - Heather McCormack (Chase Delano)
MF-2nd (33:14) - Erika Lucas (Andrea Tyler)
M-2nd (22:28) - Berrien
M-2nd (19:32) - Farrell (Berrien)

Caitlin Pentifallo-M (70 min., 2 saves, 1 GA)
Kaeleigh Barker-MF (70 min., 14 saves, 5 GA)