POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Down 1-0 at halftime, No. 20 Rochester found three goals in the first eight minutes of the second half to defeat Vassar 3-1 on Friday.
The victory clinches a spot in the Liberty League playoffs for Rochester. With one league game left on the schedule (Saturday at RPI), Rochester is 4-1. William Smith is 5-0. RPI and Skidmore are both 3-2. Union, St. Lawrence and Vassar have been eliminated from the race.
Vassar took a 1-0 lead at 22:59 when Cameron Felt shot into back left corner of the goal.
Rochester turned up the offensive pressure after the half. The Yellowjackets were awarded a penalty stroke less than a minute into the period. Michelle Relin’s shot attempt to tie the score was blocked by Vassar goaltender Maggie Brells. 90 seconds later, the Yellowjackets broke through.
Relin fed a pass from the top of the circle to Shelby Hall who tipped it over Brells at 37:37 to tie the score. It was Hall’s 16th goal of the season.
Hall gave Rochester the lead at 40:16 when she shot to the left of the goal from inside the circle. Katie Flaschner scored an unassisted goal (her fifth overall) three minutes later.
Rochester held a 30-8 advantage in shots, with an 18-5 advantage in shots on goal. The Yellowjackets had 11 penalty corners to Vassar’s two. Madison Wagner made four saves for Rochester. Brells had 13 saves for the Brewers. Catherine Fiore and Rachel Waldman each made a defensive save.
Rochester is 13-3 overall, 4-1 in the Liberty League. The Yellowjackets’ 13 wins tie the single-season record for victories. It was first set by the 2006 team coached by Michelle Andre and tied last season by Wendy Andreatta. Vassar is 7-6 overall, 0-4 in the Liberty League.