Women's Lacrosse Falls In NCAA Semifinals
May 20, 2006
Middlebury saw its season come to an end with a 13-9 loss to The College of New Jersey in an NCAA semifinal contest at Stevens Institute. It is the second straight season that the Lions have ended the Panthers season in the semifinals. Middlebury ends its season with a 16-2 record, a 13th consecutive trip the NCAA semifinals and a sixth consecutive NESCAC Championship.
New Jersey looked strong early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first 5:28 of the game. Following a timeout Middlebury answered strong, running off four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead with 12:23 left in the first half. Michele Bergofsky found a cutting Alison Perencevich for Middlebury's third goal of the run, while Elizabeth Renehan made a nice feed down low to Schuyler Winstead.
The Lions answered with a four-goal run of their own to take a 6-4 lead at the 5:02 mark. Middlebury answered late in the half as Renehan converted a free position to cut the lead to 6-5 at the half.
Middlebury jumped out with two quick goals in the second half to take a 7-6 lead. Perencevich scored the first, with Renehan going the distance after the draw, just 12 seconds later.
New Jersey began the game's decisive run at the 25:03 mark, as they rattled off six goals over the next 13:17 to take a 12-7 lead with 11:46 left to play. The Lions possessed the ball for most of the next six minutes, running the clock down as they held the ball in the Middlebury zone.
The Panthers made a last run as Winstead hit Liza Humes at 5:53 to cut the lead to 12-8. Renehan converted a free position just 38 seconds later to make it a 12-9 contest. The Panthers had a few chances on their next possession, but shots by Perencevich and Winstead were denied at the 4:00 mark.
The Lions sealed the game with 2:04 remaining as they took a commanding 13-9 lead with just 2:04 remaining.
Renehan led the Panthers with four goals on the afternoon, Perencevich added a pair, while Winstead had a goal and an assist. Blaire Bowie was solid in net, making 10 saves on the day. Perencevich and Renehan were named to the All-Tournament team.