Field Hockey Falls In NCAA Regionals

November 14, 2009

The Middlebury field hockey team saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to Trinity in an NCAA Regional at Ursinus. The Bantams held a 2-0 lead and then held off a late Middlebury flurry to pick up the win. Trinity will meet Ursinus in the regional final tomorrow, while Middlebury ends its season at 12-5.

Trinity took a 1-0 lead 2:58 into the game when Robyn Williams scored on a corner. Sixteen minutes later, Williams took a hard shot on goal that Payson Sword managed to redirect for the eventual game-winner.

Middlebury kept within striking distance after Trinity's Carrie Wolcott ripped a shot that clanked off the left post with 10 minutes left in the first half, keeping the Bantam lead at 2-0. Middlebury had opportunities at the end of the half on back-to back penalty corners as Panthers Mullery Doar and Chase Delano made a bid at putting the Panthers on the scoreboard, but Bantam goalkeeper Gina Dinallo and the Trinity defense managed to keep Middlebury out of the net and preserve the 2-0 lead heading into the half.

Middlebury came out strong in the second half, controlling the majority of the opening 15 minutes, cutting the lead to 2-1 on Delano's 12th goal of the season. The goal developed as Delano deflected a shot from Doar past Dinallo 10 minutes into the final frame.

Trinity's Meghan Ryan made a big defensive play on a breakaway by Lauren Greer moments later to preserve the lead for the Bantams. Dinallo continued her solid play in net, making key stops to keep a surging Middlebury offense from tying the game. The Bantams defense managed to kill the remainder of the clock, withstanding a strong Middlebury attack in the final two minutes. The final flurry included a penalty corner with no time on the clock that sailed wide of the net, sending the Bantams into the quarterfinals.

Dinallo finished the game with seven saves, while Middlebury goalkeepers, Madeline Brooks and Becca Shaw, shared minutes in net for the Panthers. Brooks, the starter, allowed two goals and is credited with the loss, while Shaw made two saves and did not allow a goal.