College of New Jersey 15, Middlebury
College of New Jersey 15, Middlebury 14May 20, 2005
Ewing, N.J. -- Junior goalkeeper Megan Marquardt (Phoenixville, PA/Phoenixville Area) made the biggest save of the game with 1:15 remaining as Marquardt denied Middlebury Colleges free position shot that would have knotted the game at 15-15 and potentially forced overtime had the ball gone in. Turnovers by both teams in the final minute eat up the clock and The College of New Jerseys womens lacrosse team was able to hold on to 15-14 lead and dethrone the defending national champions in the second NCAA Division III Semifinal game on Saturday afternoon in Lions Stadium at TCNJ.
With the win, TCNJ (15-2) advances to the 2005 NCAA Division III Womens Lacrosse Championship game and will face undefeated and top-ranked Salisbury University (17-0) on Sunday in Lions Stadium at noon. The game will be televised live on CSTV (DIRECTV 611).
Five-time national champion, Middleburys season comes to an end with a 16-2 mark on the season and the programs third second-place trophy.
The Lions, winners of 11 national titles and five runner-up trophies, had its first lead of the game, 14-13, with 8:09 remaining in the game as TCNJ fired off five unanswered goals, including two apiece midfielders Bridget Bigley (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) and Karen Doane (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan). The Panthers sophomore midfielder Kim Walker (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) tied the game at 14-14 at 6:33 off a feed from junior attacker Michele Bergofsky (Exeter, NH/Phillips Exeter). Bigley converted a pass from Doane for the go-ahead goal with 4:56 left on the clock.
The first half was comprised of scoring spurts by both teams with Middlebury jumping out to a 3-0 lead at 22:39 before TCNJ responded with a pair to close within one at 20:27. Then the Panthers scored twice followed by a pair of goals by Doane to once again have the Lions within one (5-4) at 15:39. After Doanes second goal, Middleburys head coach Missy Foote called for a time-out and junior midfielder Elizabeth Renehan (St. Davids, PA/Radnor) answered the call with back-to-back scores to give her team a 7-4 lead at 12:34. Both teams each scored one more to end the half with an 8-5 score in the Panthers favor.
Doane had an impressive day for the Lions as she finished with a game-high seven points on five goals and two assists, including assisting on the game-winner, while junior midfielder Lauren Dougher (Blue Bell, PA/Mount St. Mary Academy) added three goals and three assists and Bigley ended with four.
For Middlebury, Renehan led the way with four goals and an assist, while junior Schuyler Winstead (Chevy Chase, MD/Holton-Arms) had two goals and an assist.
TCNJs head coach Sharon Pfluger said, I dont think they doubted themselves. Weve been down in situations this year and weve learned some good hard lessons, especially at the beginning of the season, with our two losses. And last weekend was a hard fight to get to the final four and I think weve learned from those experiences.
Marquardt netted four saves in the victory for the Lions, while the Panthers senior Johanna Rosenfield (Brunswick, ME/WaynFlete) had nine saves in the game.
Middleburys Walker, who finished with two goals and an assist said, The whole time we just played our hardest and thats all we can do. Some things just didnt go our way towards the end.
TCNJ now holds a 5-3 all-time series lead against the Panthers since the series started in 1994 and snap a two-game losing streak against Middlebury. The Lions had lost to the Panthers in the 2002 and 2004 title games before this afternoons win.
-- Courtesy TCNJ