Middlebury

Overtime Goal Sends Women's Hockey Into NCAA Semi's

March 11, 2005

3/10/05 - Emily McNamara scored at the 16:31 mark of overtime to lift Middlebury to a 3-2 win over Manhattanville in an NCAA quarterfinal match-up in the Kenyon Arena. Middlebury will meet Gustavus Adolphus (3-0 winner over Wisconsin-Stevens Point) at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, while Plattsburgh (9-4 winner over Bowdoin) takes on the host school, Elmira at 7:00 p.m. The winners meet for the NCAA title on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.  The win was the 300th of his career for Middlebury head coach Bill Mandigo, who is the winningest women's hockey coach in NCAA history (300-84-11, .773).

Manhattanville came out with a great chance just 30 seconds into the game as Jami Grasby was stopped on a breakaway by Kate Kogut. Amanda Nonis had great opportunity at 2:20 as did Cherie Stewart at 3:30, but Kogut was equal to the task. After the Valiant's flurry, Middlebury opened the scoring at 8:03 as Alison Graddock gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with a power play tally. Graddock found the five-hole on a rebound from point-blank range after a save by Nicole Elliott on a shot from the outside by Shannon Tarrant. Manhattanville answered at 8:03 as Grasby found Jennifer Mulick with a great pass, leaving her a breakaway goal. The Valiants took a 2-1 lead at 13:29 as Stewart scored with a hard slap shot off the left post from just inside the blue line. Middlebury answered with another power play goal as Karen Levin tipped in a shot from the slot after an outside feed from Tania Kenny.

Middlebury had a great chance to take the lead midway through the second period, but Abby Kurtz-Phelan was stopped twice by Elliott on a five-on-three power play. Manhattanville had an open net from the slot after a failed clearing pass later in the period, but Jessica Zimmerman's shot was stopped by a diving save from Kogut.

Just 1:15 into the third period Stewart ripped another shot off the inside of the left post, but this one deflected out of the goal mouth and to the side boards. Middlebury had a pair of chances at the five-minute mark, but Graddock's tip was saved before Lorna Gifis' quick shot went over the crossbar. Kogut kept it a 2-2 game at the 10-minute mark as she stopped Zimmerman and Kim Hayden on the power play with saves on the initial shot and rebound. Elliott made a big save of her own at 14:15 as she stopped Gifis on the breakaway. Neither team could muster up the game-winner in regulation, forcing the game into overtime.

Manhattanville had a power play opportunity at the 5:53 mark of overtime, with its best chance coming as Dani Poupart's shot deflected off a defender before hitting the right pipe and sliding through the crease. McNamara's game-winner would come with just 3:29 left in regulation, as there was a scramble in the right corner. Levin and Tory MacNeil battled for the puck, before Levin won it and sent a crossing pass to McNamara on the left wing. McNamara quickly snapped the puck from the left face-off circle to the bottom right corner of the net for the game-winner.

Kogut ended the game with 35 saves, while Elliot made 36 stops for Manhattanville.

Date: March 11, 2005 - 7:00 p.m

Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM  1  2  3  OT  F

Manhattanville (22-4-2)  2  0  0  0  2

Middlebury (24-3-1)  2  0  0  1  3

SCORING

Mi-1st (4:10) - PP: Alison Graddock (Shannon Tarrant)

Ma-1st (8:03) - Jennifer Mulick (Jami Grasby)

Ma-1st (13:29) - Cherie Stewart (Amanda Norris)

Mi-1st (16:30) - PP: Karen Levin (Tania Kenny, Shannon Sylvester)

Mi-OT (16:31) - Emily McNamara (Levin, Tory MacNeil)

GOALTENDING (saves)

Kate Kogut-M (76:31 min., 35 saves, 2 GA)

Nicole Elliott-Ma (76:31 min., 36 saves, 3 GA)