Middlebury advances to semifinals
Nation’s leading scorer lifts Panthers past Lord Jeffs
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Middlebury defeated Amherst 1-0 on Sunday at Skidmore, to advance to the NCAA semifinals.
The Panthers improve to 16-3 and head to their sixth semifinal appearance, first since 2007, where they will meet NESCAC rival and defending national champion Bowdoin, who defeated MIT to advance. The Lord Jeffs season comes to an end with a 15-4 record.
Amherst controlled the tempo offensively in the first half, earning eight penalty corners compared to two for Middlebury, but were unable to convert as the teams remained in a scoreless tie at the break.
The Lord Jeffs came out strong early in the second half, but were unable to solve Panthers’ goalie Becca Shaw. The teams continued to play strong defensively before Middlebury finally broke through at the 54:54 mark.
Lauren Greer, the nation’s leading scorer, put a shot on goal that was turned away by Amherst goalie Rachel Tannenbaum, but she was able to corral the rebound and convert on her second chance for her 34th goal of the season.
The Lord Jeffs tried to get the equalizer late with four corners during the final 6:17, but the Panther defense held strong and conserved the lead to earn the 1-0 victory.
Shaw finished with eight saves to record her second shutout of the season, whileTannenbaum finished with five stops on six shots.
Amherst outshot Middlebury 14-8 and held a 16-5 advantage in penalty corners.