Women's Lax Falls in NCAA Regional Final

May 10, 2009

The Middlebury women's lacrosse team saw its season come to an end in an NCAA Regional Final game with Hamilton for the second straight season. After knocking off Colby in a second-round game, the Panthers fell 13-9 to the Continentals at Colby on Sunday. Middlebury ends its season at 11-6, while the defending NCAA Champions up their record to 16-2 and advance to the final four.

The Continentals last faced Middlebury (11-6) in a 2008 NCAA regional final at Hamilton, where the Continentals also prevailed, 9-7. The ninth-ranked Panthers, who advanced to the national semifinals 14 years in a row from 1994 to 2007, now have a 38-11 record in the tournament.

Hamilton was led by Liz Rave and her career-high five goals and one assist. Kaillie Briscoe chipped in three goals and one assist. Five other Continentals registered one goal each. Anne Graveley picked up four ground balls and Kate Marek won four draw controls. Kate Fowler made a career-high 14 saves -- seven in each half.

Lindsay McBride came off the Middlebury bench to score four goals and assist on another. Chase Delano added four goals and Dana Heritage contributed one goal and one assist. Taylor Brown caused five of Hamilton's 20 turnovers and Stephanie Gill scooped up a game-high five ground balls. Blair Bowie stopped five shots.

Libby Schultz gave the Continentals a 1-0 lead 3:10 into the first half. The Panthers grabbed their only lead on goals by Delano and Heritage that made the score 2-1 with 16:21 left. Audrey Nebergall started a 6-0 run with 15:01 remaining when she scored on a pass from Briscoe. Rave had two goals and an assist during the spurt. She fed Graveley with 9:20 left for a 7-2 lead and the Continentals never trailed again.

Hamilton turned an 8-4 halftime advantage into an 11-4 lead with three straight goals at the start of the second half. Rave scored twice and Briscoe added an unassisted goal and the Continentals enjoyed a comfortable seven-goal advantage with 22:04 remaining.

Middlebury pulled within four goals at 12-8 on a goal by Delano with 10:32 left, but Rave all but clinched the Hamilton victory with her fifth goal with 5:06 remaining. Delano accounted for the final 13-9 margin with her fourth goal on an assist from Taryn Petrelli with 2:15 left. The Panthers held a 29-20 advantage in shots.

Middlebury (11-6 overall): Lindsay McBride 4 goals-1 assist, Chase Delano 4-0, Dana Heritage 1-1, Taryn Petrelli 0-2, Sally Ryan 0-2, Hannah Epstein 0-1; Blair Bowie 18 shots-5 saves (60:00).

Hamilton (16-2 overall): Liz Rave 5 goals-1 assist, Kaillie Briscoe 3-1, Audrey Nebergall 1-0, Sarah Bray 1-0, Hilary Saverin 1-0, Anne Graveley 1-0, Libby Schultz 1-0, Ashley Allen 0-1; Kate Fowler 23 shots-14 saves (60:00).