Middlebury

Field Hockey Drops NESCAC Semifinal Game

November 8, 2008

Lindsay McNamara scored two goals and Julia King added a goal and an assist, as the #4 ranked Bowdoin field hockey team rolled to a 4-0 win against #6 Middlebury on Saturday afternoon in the NESCAC Tournament semifinals at Tufts University's Bello Field. Despite the loss, the Panthers received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will travel to Bowdoin for a regional this weekend.

The Polar Bears (14-2), the second seed in NESCAC's, will now play for their fifth conference title, and fourth in a row, against Tufts on Sunday at noon. The Jumbos were 1-0 winners in overtime against Trinity in Saturday's other semifinal. Middlebury (13-3), the #3 seed, awaits a potential at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.

King was the catalyst when the Polar Bears gained a 2-0 lead in the first half. She assisted on the first Polar Bear goal by McNamara with 10:58 on the clock. King then deflected a free hit by Shannon Malloy into the cage with 4:55 to go until halftime.

Middlebury did not have a shot on goal in the first half as Bowdoin took the two-goal advantage into the break. Panther goalkeeper Caitlin Pentifallo made five saves in the first 35 minutes, as shots were 10-4 in favor of Bowdoin overall for the period.

About four minutes into the second half, Bowdoin scored a disputed goal by McNamara for a 3-0 advantage. It was originally waved off due to a dangerous pass into McNamara, but then granted following a discussion between the referees. Ten minutes later, confusion around the Middlebury cage left the ball out in the open for Bowdoin's Madeleine McQueeney to swat in for a 4-0 margin.

The Panthers came to life later in the second half, earning a 10-5 margin in shots for the period. Bowdoin goalkeeper Emily Neilson, who entered at halftime, made four saves to preserve the shutout with starter Emileigh Mercer. Due to the late Middlebury surge, shots were close with Bowdoin totaling a 15-14 advantage for the game. The Polar Bears also had a slim 7-6 tally in penalty corners. Pentifallo stopped seven shots total in the Panther goal.

Middlebury (13-3) vs. Bowdoin (14-2)
Date: Nov 08, 2008 Attendance: 350

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
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Middlebury.......... 0 0 - 0
Bowdoin............. 2 2 - 4

SCORING SUMMARY:
1. 24:02 BOW Lindsay McNamara (27) (Julia King)
2. 30:05 BOW Julia King (5) (Shannon Malloy)
3. 38:58 BOW Lindsay McNamara (28) (Madeleine McQueeney)
4. 48:13 BOW Madeleine McQueeney (7) (unassisted)

Shots: Middlebury 14, Bowdoin 15
Saves: Middlebury 7 (Caitlin Pentifallo 7), Bowdoin 4 (Emily Neilson 4)