2012 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship
|Saturday, April 28
||Saturday, May 5
||Sunday, May 6
|at No. 1 Trinity 15, No. 8 Bates 4
||at No. 1 Trinity 9, No. 7 Hamilton 8 - OT
||at No. 1 Trinity 11, No. 3 Middlebury 10
|No. 7 Hamilton 9, at No. 2 Colby 4
||No. 3 Middlebury 7, vs. No. 4 Amherst 6
|at No. 3 Middlebury 12, No. 6 Tufts 8
|at No. 4 Amherst 9, No. 5 Bowdoin 7
Trinity Overcomes Middlebury for Women's Lacrosse Crown
Courtesy Trinity Sports Information
HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal with 4.7 seconds left to lead top-seeded Trinity to an 11-10 victory over Middlebury in the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship this afternoon on Sheppard Field.
Trinity wins its second straight league title and earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Middlebury, seeded No. 3 in the tournament field, drops to 12-4 and hopes to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The win is the fifth in a row for Trinity against Middlebury and its fourth over the Panthers in the last two seasons.
Trinity held the ball for the final six minutes of the game, until senior co-captain Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) passed it from the right wing to junior attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) who was positioned directly in front of the cage for the game-winning attempt. Duncan, who already had a hat trick in the game, mishandled the quick catch-and-shoot, but Hildebrand snatched up the loose ball and fired the clinching goal past Middlebury senior tri-captain Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.). Middlebury sophomore midfielder Liza Herzog (Baltimore, Md.) and Trinity first-year midfielder Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) had scored goals just 13 seconds apart inside the 10-minute mark to make the score, 10-10, where it remained until the closing seconds.
Trinity had opened the game with a 3-0 run, scoring off the opening draw on a running shot by first-year midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) 22 seconds into the contest, and twice more before 10 minutes had gone by.
Middlebury junior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) got the visitors on the board with a goal from classmate Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) at the 20:01 mark, but the Bantams rattled off three more tallies in a row. Hildebrand scored once and assisted on a second goal during the spurt.
The Panthers recovered and scored five straight times in the last 10 minutes of the first half, including a pair of unassisted goals by Herzog, and tied the contest on a bouncing free-position shot by sophomore Hannah Deoul (Stevenson, Md.) with 2:25 left before the break. Playing one player short in the final minute of the first half after a yellow card, Duncan gave Trinity back the lead and the momentum heading into halftime with consecutive goals with 36 and six seconds left, respectively.
Middlebury quickly cut the deficit back to one goal at 8-7 just 24 seconds into the second stanza when Herzog fed senior tri-captain attacker Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.), and tied it on a hard and low shot by rookie midfielder Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) from just inside the circle at the 27:07 mark.
The Panthers took their first lead with 21:26 left in the game on a free-position tally by Garry only to have Duncan one-time in a pass by Bruno with 19:45 on the clock to make it a 9-9 game. After a 10-minute scoreless streak for both squads, Souther fed Herzog for a goal at 9:21 followed by a rebound shot by Mullaney that tied the game for the last time at 9:08.
Duncan finished with four points on three goals and one assist for the Trinity offense, which outshot Middlebury, 24-17, while Hildebrand, who scored in the final two minutes to force overtime in Trinity's 9-8 semifinal win against Hamilton, notched two goals and one helper, and Bruno recorded three assists and a game-high five draw controls.
Herzog totaled three goals and one assist for the Panthers, while Souther had two goals and one assist, and Garry scored twice. Middlebury senior tri-captain defender Lucy Jackson (Bronxville, N.Y.) caused three turnovers, and Nguyen made eight saves, while Trinity junior goalie Olivia Whitney (Danvers, Mass.) stopped five shots.
2012 NESCAC WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 28 at Higher Seeds
at No. 1 Trinity 15, No. 8 Bates 4
No. 7 Hamilton 9, at No. 2 Colby 4
at No. 3 Middlebury 12, No. 6 Tufts 8
at No. 4 Amherst 9, No. 5 Bowdoin 7
Championship - Sunday, May 6 at Trinity
at No. 1 Trinity 11, No. 3 Middlebury 10
2012 NESCAC WOMEN'S LACROSSE
Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 28 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 at No. 2
No. 6 at No. 3
No. 5 at No. 4
Semifinals - Saturday, May 5
at Highest Remaining Seed
12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Semifinal Winner
Championship - Sunday, May
The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship. Quarterfinal games will be conducted on Saturday, April 28, with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, respectively. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play. Standings will be based on team winning percentages. Ties shall count as half a win.
The 8th seed will play at the 1st seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed. Teams will be re-bracketed after first round games and the lowest remaining seed will face the highest remaining seed.
Pairings will be announced Wednesday, April 25.
Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:
Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).
If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:
Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).
Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated. At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams. The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken. In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie. For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled. Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.