November 1, 2012
Field Hockey Championship Heads to Vermont
|Quarterfinals - Saturday, October
|hosted by Higher Seeds
#1 Middlebury def. #8 Connecticut College, 7-0
#2 Tufts def. #7 Wesleyan, 2-0
#3 Bowdoin def. #6 Williams, 3-0
#5 Amherst def. #4 Trinity, 3-2 (2OT)
|Semifinals - Saturday, November
|hosted by Middlebury
#1 Middlebury def. #5
Amherst, 3-2 (OT)
#3 Bowdoin def. #2 Tufts, 4-1
|Championship - Sunday, November
|hosted by Middlebury
#1 Middlebury def. #3 Bowdoin, 3-2 (SO)
Middlebury wins in Penalty Strokes, 3-2
| Championship History
HADLEY, Mass. – Top seeded Middlebury
will look to add a second conference crown to its trophy case when
it hosts the 2012 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship this weekend at
Peter Kohn Field. The undefeated Panthers will kick off the weekend
against fifth seeded Amherst on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The second
game of the doubleheader will feature second seeded Tufts and third
seeded Bowdoin. Advancing teams will square off for the NESCAC
championship on Sunday at noon. At stake in an automatic bid to the
NCAA Tournament. Video coverage will be available for all three
Perhaps looking to make a statement, Middlebury broke the NESCAC
Championship record for goals in a game in a 7-0 win over
Connecticut College on Saturday. At the center of the action was
senior Lauren Greer, who poured in a
tournament-record four goals in the contest. Her first came just 55
seconds in and proved to the fastest opening goal in the
tournament’s 13-year history. Greer’s eight points were
also a new record.
Middlebury (15-0, 10-0 NESCAC) will enter the semifinals with a
perfect 15-0 record. The Panthers also went undefeated in league
play in back-to-back seasons from 2003 to 2004. In 2003, they
topped Williams 1-0 to secure their lone conference championship.
This season, Middlebury has outscored its opponents 87-9 and has
not given up a goal since September 29 at Wesleyan.
One year after earning NESCAC Player of the Year honors, Greer has
once again been dominant for the Panthers. Her 31 goals and 75
points are good for tops in the nation, and she has also chipped in
with 13 assists. Seven of her tallies have gone down as winners.
Greer scored her 100th career goal at Williams last Wednesday.
The Panthers have also received solid production from sophomore
midfielder Catherine Fowler, who leads the NESCAC
with 15 assists. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Madeline
Brooks enters the tournament as the league leader in
goals against average (0.46) and save percentage (.867).
Amherst (11-4, 6-4 NESCAC) will be enter the contest riding a four
game winning streak after advancing with a dramatic 3-2 double
overtime victory over fifth seeded Trinity in Saturday’s
quarterfinal round. Junior forward Krista
Zsitvay scored two goals in the contest, including
the winner with just over eight minutes remaining in extra time.
She leads the Lord Jeffs with 11 goals this year. Fellow forwards
Katie McMahon and Madeline
Tank (Winnetka, Ill.) have also scored 11 times, while
sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Tannanbaum has
posted a save percentage of .841 after earning NESCAC Rookie of the
Year honors last fall.
Middlebury and Amherst have split four previous meetings in the
NESCAC Championship. The Panthers prevailed 2-1 in overtime during
last year’s semifinals before knocking the Lord Jeffs out of
the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win the following weekend. They came
out on top 3-1 when the two teams met on September 23.
Saturday’s second game will pit second seeded Tufts against
third seeded Bowdoin.
Tufts (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) has rattled off 14 straight wins after
opening the season with a 5-2 loss to Middlebury. The Jumbos
punched their ticket to the final four with a 2-0 victory over
seventh seeded Wesleyan on Saturday. Forwards Chelsea
Yogerst and Kelsey Perkins
(Barrington, R.I.) scored goals in the game, while sophomore
goalkeeper Brianna Keenan posted her fourth
shutout of the year. In 14 games, Keenan has allowed just 10 goals.
Meanwhile, Yogerst and Perkins have combined for 18 goals. Tufts
took home the NESCAC title in 2009.
Defending champion Bowdoin (13-2, 8-2 NESCAC) will be looking to
avenge a 3-1 loss at Tufts on the final day of the regular season.
The Polar Bears have been dominant in the postseason,
claiming NESCAC titles in each of the last two seasons and six of
the last seven. Their record of 22-5 in the championship leads the
Bowdoin rebounded nicely in the quarterfinal round, topping sixth
seeded Williams 3-0 behind two goals from forward Rachel
Kennedy. The first year has made an immediate impact on
the program with 11 goals thus far this season. Junior forward
Katie Riley has piled up 29 points on 12
goals and 11 assists to set the tone for the Polar Bears. Seniors
Brooke Phinney and Cathleen
Smith have added 11 tallies apiece. Meanwhile,
classmate Kayla Lessard has recorded a goals
against average of 0.65.
The Polar Bears have been perfect in four previous meetings
against Tufts in the NESCAC Championship. They earned semifinal
wins in both 2000 and 2003 before topping the Jumbos in the finals
in 2008 and 2010.
Results for the NESCAC Field Hockey Championship will be available
at the completion of each day on the NESCAC website.