Women's Lax Falls In NCAA Regional Final

May 11, 2008

Middlebury dropped a 9-7 decision at Hamilton in an NCAA regional final match-up. The Panthers end their season with a 12-5 mark and will not appear in the final four for the first time since the NESCAC lifted its ban on NCAA play in '93-'94, an amazing run of 14 years.

Jen McGowan scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner, as #4 Hamilton edged #7 Middlebury. Hilary Saverin and Kate Marek each scored twice for Hamilton (19-1 overall), which advances to the NCAA tournament semifinals for the first time in program history. Kaillie Briscoe scored one goal and assisted on another, while Nicole Tetreault finished with two assists. Kate Fowler made six of her eight saves in the first half.

Both Mimi Schatz and Dana Heritage scored three goals for nationally ranked No. 7 Middlebury (12-5 overall). Schatz added an assist and two draw controls, while Katherine Entwisle scored one goal and assisted on another. Reid Berrien posted game-highs of four ground balls and four caused turnovers. Blair Bowie made seven saves.

The game was tied, 6-6, after Schatz scored an unassisted goal with 21:22 remaining in the second half. The Continentals responded with three unanswered goals to take the lead for good. Saverin finished off a pass from Briscoe with 21:22 left. McGowan followed with a free-position goal with 12:30 remaining, and Briscoe provided insurance when she put home Tetreault's assist with 9:34 to play.

Schatz's free-position goal with 4:27 left put pressure on Hamilton, but the Continentals tightened up on defense the rest of the way to protect the two-goal lead.

Hamilton scored back-to-back goals to start the game. Liz Rave scored on an assist from Tetreault just 42 seconds into the first half. McGowan scored unassisted only 31 seconds later.

The Panthers answered with three straight goals by Heritage, two on free position shots and one unassisted, to make the score 3-2.

Hamilton scored three straight goals for a 5-3 lead at the break. Marek had two of the goals, and Sarah Bray added her 33rd this season.

Schatz and Entwisle teamed up to score the first two goals of the second half. Schatz converted an Entwisle assist just 47 seconds in, followed by an Entwisle-from-Schatz goal with 26:06 left, and the game was tied. Saverin gave Hamilton a one-goal lead with 24:46 to play before Schatz tied the score again.

Score by period 1 2 Tot
Middlebury College.. 3 4 - 7
Hamilton College.... 5 4 - 9

Middlebury College SCORING: GOALS: Mimi Schatz 3; Dana Heritage 3; Katherine Entwisle 1. ASSISTS: Katherine Entwisle 1; Mimi Schatz 1.

Hamilton College SCORING: GOALS: Hilary Saverin 2; Jen McGowan 2; Kate Marek 2; Kaillie Briscoe 1; Sarah Bray 1; Liz Rave 1. ASSISTS: Nicole Tetreault 2; Kaillie Briscoe 1.

SHOTS - MID 21; HAMW 21.
GOALIES - MID: Blair Bowie 11-5 (60:00 minutes, 16 shots-7 saves, 9 GA); HAMW: Kate Fowler 18-1 (60:00, 15-8, 7)