Field Hockey Knocked Off In NESCAC Quarters
October 31, 2010
Trinity scored three second half goals to pick up a 3-2 victory over Middlebury in NESCAC Quarterfinal action on Kohn Field. The sixth-seeded Bantams (9-6) advance to next weekend's semifinals at Tufts, where they will take on the host school at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Third-seeded Middlebury drops to 11-4 on the season and will hope for an NCAA bid when selections are announced on Monday, Nov. 8. The Panthers also see their winning streak snapped at nine games.
The game was very similar to the regular season match-up between the schools on September 18th, when Middlebury picked up a 4-3 win in overtime. The Panthers led 3-1 in that contest before the Bantams tied the game and forced it into the extra session.
Middlebury struck first today, scoring the only goal of the first half at the 13:44 mark. Lauren Greer put in her own rebound to earn her 16th of the season to make it a 1-0 game.
Trinity tied the game on a penalty corner just 3:02 into the second half. Alanna Capasso injected the ball to Christy Bradley, who set it for a blast from Robyn Williams for her eighth of the year.
The game remained at 1-1 until three goals were scored in a 2:17 span. The Bantams took their first lead of the contest at 58:16, when Payson Sword netted her ninth of the season with a shot from the right side after a flurry.
Middlebury answered just over a minute later when Greer converted a penalty corner play. Clara St. Germain injected to Margaret Souther, who set up Greer's blast to knot the game at 2-2.
Just 1:26 later, Trinity scored the eventual game winner, with Caroline Snite finding the back of the cage. A Middlebury defender broke up a pass, leaving Snite with an open shot from 12 yards out that she buried.
Middlebury ended the game with a pair of penalty corners with no time on the clock, but could not net the equalizer.
Gina Dinallo made three saves in goal to earn the win, while Becca Shaw suffered her first loss of the season (7-1), making four saves.