5/21/05 - Middlebury's season came to an end as they fell 15-14 to The College of New Jersey in the NCAA semifinals. The Panthers end their year at 16-2, with a NESCAC Championship. The win avenges an overtime loss in the '04 finals for the Lions.
Middlebury jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of nice assists from Liza Humes. Elizabeth Renehan scored the first goal, while Channing Weymouth netted the second. Alison Perencevich made it a 3-0 game with a free postion goal at the 22:29 mark. The College of New Jersey then went on a two goal run, before the Panthers did the same. Kim Walker scored Middlebury's fourth goal, while Weymouth converted a free position to make it a 5-2 Panther lead. Karen Doane scored the game's next two goals for the Lions before Renehan netted a pair for the Panthers to make it a 7-4 game at the 12:34 mark. The team's exchanged goals in the last 4:59 to give Middlebury an 8-5 lead at the half.
Caitlin McCormick went coast-to-coast just 43 seconds into the second half, before Lauren Gossner scored a pair in 19 seconds for TCNJ, to make it a 9-7 game. The lead was cut to 9-8 before Perencevich found Michele Bergofsky with a nice cross-crease pass to give Middlebury a two-goal lead.
Lauren Dougher again made it a one-goal game, before the Panthers went on a three-goal run to take a 13-9 lead. Humes finished a nice pass from Renehan down low, as she turned and fired a shot into the net for the first tally. Renehan scored the next goal before Winstead scored on a bounce shot at 16:37. TCNJ answered with a 5-0 run over the game's next seven minutes to take its first lead of the game at 14-13 with 8:09 remaining. Middlebury finally broke the run at 6:33 as Bergofsky hit Walker, who cut to the middle and scored to tie the game at 14.
New Jersey scored the game-winner with 4:56 remaining on a free position play. Doane quickly passed the ball down low to Bigley, who turned and fired a shot for the goal. Middlebury had a chance to tie the game at the 1:19 mark, as Claire Edelen scored with a low shot driving to the net. The goal was waved off, with the whistle having blown for a shooting space violation prior to the shot. Edelen was unable to score on the ensuing free postion shot, with the ball going to TCNJ on the rebound. The Panthers had one last chance with 45 seconds remaining, but could not score the equalizer.
Renehan led Middlebury with four goals, while Walker, Winstead and Weymouth netted two apiece. Johanna Rosenfield ended the game with nine saves.
Date: May 21, 2005 - 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Lions' Stadium - Site: Ewing, N.J.
TEAM 1 2 OT F
TCNJ (15-2) 5 10 - 15
Middlebury (16-2) 8 6 - 14
Middlebury Scoring: Elizabeth Renehan 4-1, Liza Humes 1-2, Kim Walker 2-1, Schuyler Winstead 2-1, Channing Weymouth 2-0, Alison Perencevich 1-2, Michele Bergofsky 1-1, Caitlin McCormick 1-0.
TCNJ Scoring: Karen Doane 5-2, Lauren Dougher 3-3, Bridget Bigley 4-0, Lauren Gossner 3-0.
Shots: TCNJ 31, Midd. 25
M-Johanna Rosenfield (60 mins., 9 saves, 15 GA)
N- Megan Marquardt (60 mins., 3 saves, 14 GA)