Field Hockey Wins In OT - Headed To Title Game
November 3, 2012
Middlebury’s Lauren Greer scored just 2:34 into overtime to lift the Panthers (16-0) to a 3-2 overtime win over Amherst (11-5) in a NESCAC Semifinal game played on Kohn Field. Middlebury will take on Bowdoin, a 4-1 winner over Tufts, in the NESCAC Championship at noon on Sunday.
Amherst had its best chance in the 14th minute with a flurry of shots on the Panther net. Following a turnover, Krista Zsitvay was one-on-one with Middlebury keeper Madeline Brooks but was denied by a nice pad save. Katie Paolano’s follow-up was saved before Meredith Rowe made a defensive save on a second shot by Paolano.
Middlebury broke through at the 18:01 mark with a goal on a penalty corner. Alyssa DiMaio inserted to Greer on the left side, with Greer ripping a shot into the low far side of the goal for her 32nd of the season.
The Panthers nearly took a 2-0 lead late in the half, but the ball had just gone over the end line before Anna Kenyon found Katherine Theiss for the apparent goal.
Amherst tied the game up at the 39:15 mark of the second half on a penalty corner. After a shot from Paolano was saved, Madeline Tank scored her team-leading 12th of the year during a scramble. The goal was the first allowed by Middlebury in a span of 614:32, dating back to a September 29th game at Wesleyan.
Middlebury regained the lead at 55:13, when Katherine Theiss earned her 17th of the season. DiMaio inserted a corner to Greer, whose shot was stopped by a defensive save from Annie Turnbull. Thiess used a reverse stick to knock the ball into the cage out of mid-air to give her team a 2-1 advantage.
The Panthers kept coming with lots of pressure following the goal, but could not increase their lead despite three straight penalty corners.
The Jeffs tied the game with just 2:37 remaining in the game, after Zsitvay was awarded a penalty stroke. Middlebury brought goalkeeper Emily Knapp in off the bench, but Zsitvay’s shot to the top left corner would not be denied as she joined Tank for the team-lead with her 12th of the season.
The seven-on-seven overtime did not last long, with Middlebury being awarded a penalty corner early. Charlotte Gardiner inserted to Greer on the left side, with Greer carrying the ball towards the goal with a quick move before finding the far corner of the cage for the game-winner.
The contest ended with Amherst holding a slight 12-11 shots advantage, with 10 corners for each squad. Brooks earned five saves to pick up the win, while Rachel Tannenbaum also made five stops for the Jeffs.