Women's Lax Headed To NCAA Semi's

May 13, 2007

Middlebury has advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the 14th consecutive year after an 11-10 win over The College of New Jersey on Kohn Field. The win snaps the Lions streak of 23 consecutive trips to the semifinals, each year the tournament has existed. TCNJ ends its season with a 12-3 record, while the Panthers will meet Salisbury in the semifinals next Saturday at William Smith. Gettysburg will meet Franklin & Marshall in the other semifinal contest.

TCNJ came out strong, dominating the first 20 minutes of play. Five different players scored the first five goals for the Lions, giving them a five-goal lead at the 12:48 mark of the first half.

Kim Walker hit the crossbar for Middlebury at 10:25, before Katherine Entwisle put the Panthers on the board with a transition goal. Karen Doane scooped up a ground ball and answered for TCNJ before the Panthers scored the final two goals of the half to trail 6-3 at the intermission.

The teams exchanged the first two goals of the second half before Middlebury went on a 4-0 run to take an 8-7 lead at the 17:05 mark. Claire Edelen scored the first on a free position, followed 53 seconds later by Kim Walker, who scored her 45th of the year with a quick-stick shot on a feed from Edelen. Mimi Schatz tied the game in transition, before Edelen hit a cutting Walker for the 8-7 advantage.

Kristin Zucconi scored on a free position for the Lions, before Amanda Smith scored twice to give Middlebury a 10-8 lead with 11:08 left to play.

TCNJ came right back as Karen Doane scored her 49th goal of the season on a free position at the 9:39 mark. Doane then made a nice feed to Angela Wilmer, who tied the game at 10 with 7:59 to play.

Middlebury gained possession of the ball at the four-minute mark and worked the ball offensively until the final seconds of the game. Following a TCNJ foul, Edelen had the ball at the top of the circle on a restart. Following the whistle, she quickly moved towards the goal and scored with a low shot with just 12 seconds remaining for the game-winner.

Smith and Entwisle led Middlebury with three goals apiece, while Walker and Edelen scored two apiece. Edelen added two helpers on the afternoon, as Blair Bowie made six saves in goal.

Doane paced the Lions with three goals and an assist, while Wilmer added a pair. Caitlin Gregory made four saves in goal.

TCNJ SCORING: GOALS: Karen Doane 3; Angela Wilmer 2; Rachel Gordon 1;

Kelly Mitchell 1; Toni-Anne Cavallo 1; Bernadette Campbell 1; Kristin Zucconi 1.

ASSISTS: Karen Doane 1; Rachel Gordon 1; Katie Reuther 1.

Middlebury SCORING: GOALS: Amanda Smith 3; Katherine Entwisle 3; Claire Edelen 2; Kim Walker 2; Mimi Schatz 1. ASSISTS: Claire Edelen 2; Taryn Petrelli 1; Amanda Smith 1.

GOALIES - TCNJ: Caitlin Gregory 12-3 (60:00 minutes, 15 shots-4 saves, 11 GA); MIDWLX: Blair Bowie 16-1 (60:00, 16-6, 10).