Field Hockey Headed To Final Four
November 13, 2011
Middlebury advanced to the NCAA final four after a 1-0 win over Amherst at Skidmore in an NCAA Regional Final contest. The Panthers advance to next weekend’s semifinal round, where they will take on Bowdoin on Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m. Ursinus meets TCNJ in the other contest at 2:00 p.m. The Panthers improve to 16-3 and head to their sixth semifinal appearance, their first since 2007. The Lord Jeffs season comes to an end with a 15-4 record.
Amherst controlled the tempo offensively in the first half, earning eight penalty corners compared to two for Middlebury, but was unable to convert as the teams remained in a scoreless tie at the break.
The Lord Jeffs came out strong early in the second half, but were unable to solve Panther goalie Becca Shaw. The teams continued to play strong defensively before Middlebury finally broke through at the 54:54 mark.
Lauren Greer, the nation’s leading scorer, put a shot on goal that was turned away by Amherst goalie Rachel Tannenbaum. Greer corralled the rebound and converted on her second chance for her 34th goal of the season.
The Lord Jeffs tried to get the equalizer late with four corners over the final 6:17, but the Panther defense held strong and conserved the lead to earn the 1-0 victory.
Shaw finished with eight saves to record her second shutout of the season, while Tannenbaum finished with five stops on six shots. Amherst outshot Middlebury 14-8 and held a 16-5 advantage in penalty corners.