Women's Hockey Falls In NESCAC Semifinals

March 8, 2008

Liz Osgood scored a five-on-three power play goal 13:16 into overtime to lift Colby to a 3-2 upset victory over top-seeded Middlebury in the NESCAC semifinals. The Panthers held a sizeable 48-17 shots advantage in the game, but it wasn't enough as Lacey Brown made 46 saves on the afternoon for Colby. The Mules advance to Sunday's championship game at 1:00 p.m., against the winner of the Trinity/Amherst game played later today. Middlebury will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when the pairings are announced Monday afternoon.

Laura Anning set a NESCAC Tournament record with the fastest goal to start a game as she found the back of the net just 15 seconds in. After a shot by Amanda Comeau, the puck came free to Anning, who poked home a loose puck. The Mules made it a 2-0 game just 1:14 later as Dana Yerigan's shot deflected in off the pads of Lexi Bloom (14 saves) for an unassisted goal.

Middlebury cut the lead in half late in the period as Annmarie Cellino scored on a backhander after a shot from Anna McNally was saved. The Panthers tied the game just 4:37 into the second period as Randi Dumont earned the goal with an assist from Tania Kenny. Neither team would score for the next 28:39, when Osgood scored the game-winner in OT. Rebecca Julian's original shot was saved before Osgood pounced on the puck in the crease and buried it to send Colby to the finals.

Both teams went 1/7 on the power play, with the Panthers holding a 12-1 shots advantage in the third period.

Date: March 8, 2008 - 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Kenyon Arena - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM 1 2 3 OT F
Colby (15-8-3) 2 0 0 1 3
Middlebury (19-3-3) 1 1 0 0 2

C-1st (:15) - Laura Anning (Amanda Comeau)
C-1st (1:29) - Dana Yerigan
M-1st (17:23) - PP: Annmarie Cellino (Anna McNally)
M-2nd (4:37) - Randi Dumont (Tania Kenny)
C-OT (13:16) - 5on3: Liz Osgood (Rebecca Julian)

Lexi Bloom-M (73:16 min., 14 saves, 3 GA)
Lacey Brown-C (73:16 min., 46 saves, 2 GA)