Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury defeated Williams for the second time in three days, as the Panthers ended the Ephs season with a 2-1 victory on Kohn Field in a NESCAC Quarterfinal contest. Middlebury advances to play Bowdoin in a semifinal contest next Saturday at Tufts (1:30), while the host school meets Trinity in the other semifinal matchup (11:00). The winners will battle for the NESCAC Championship at noon on Sunday.
Middlebury controlled play in the first half, holding an 11-1 shots advantage over Williams. The Panthers finally broke through with just 2:45 remaining in the session, on their ninth penalty corner of the game. Chase Delano finished off a flurry, after shots by Mullery Doar and Allison Grant had been saved by Katrina Tulla.
The Panthers doubled their lead on another penalty corner goal in the second half, this one with 22:24 remaining. Delano carried the ball towards the goal and around a defender before scoring her team-leading 23rd goal of the season, tying a Middlebury single-season record.
Williams did not go away in the second half as they pressured the Panthers with seven penalty corners. The Ephs cut the lead in half with 16:31 left as Jess Overlander took a corner pass and drove to the goal before finishing with a shot to the back of the cage.
The Ephs kept up the pressure, but Middlebury came up with some offense of its own as they came away with the 2-1 victory. Caitlin Pentifallo made a pair of saves to earn the win, while Tulla made seven stops for the Ephs.