Field Hockey Advances To NESCAC Championship

November 5, 2011

Middlebury's Lauren Greer scored the game-winning goal on an overtime penalty stroke to lift the third-seeded Panthers over second-seeded Amherst 2-1 in the NESCAC Field Hockey semifinals Saturday at Bowdoin College.

Greer's game-winner capped an exciting overtime period that saw the Panthers garner most of the chances. Middlebury's Elinore O’Brien drew Amherst netminder Rachel Tannenbaum out of the net and put a low shot on goal that hit the foot of an Amherst defender. Greer stepped to the ball and buried the ensuing penalty stroke to the top right corner of the net to boost the Panthers into the Sunday’s Championship match.

Middlebury (14-2) advances to the NESCAC title match for the fifth time and will be looking for their second conference crown Sunday against top-seeded Bowdoin at noon.

Amherst jumped out to an early lead just 4:59 into the contest when the ball deflected off the body of a Middlebury defender on the goal line and resulted in a penalty stroke. Carly Dudzik ripped the shot to the upper left half of the net to put the Jeffs on top, 1-0. Middlebury responded before intermission when Catherine Fowler controlled a rebound in close and lifted the ball over a diving Tannenbuam at 24:50.

Middlebury generated a number of quality scoring opportunities on seven second half penalty corners. Tannenbaum made solid saves on successive shots late in the period and Greer hit a post as the game remained deadlocked at the end of regulation. 

The Panthers held the advantage in both penalty corners (13-7) and shots (22-11). Tannenbaum made 10 saves to keep the Jeffs in the contest. Becca Shaw made four stops and allowed zero goals in the win for the Panthers. Middlebury goaltender Madeline Brooks came in to face Amherst’s penalty stroke and finished with one goal against.