5/15/05 - Middlebury will makes its 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA final four after an 11-3 win over Bowdoin in an NCAA Regional Final. The semifinals and finals will take place next Saturday and Sunday at the <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />College of New Jersey. Bowdoin ends its season with a school record 15 wins, with just four losses. In four post-season games this season, the Panthers are allowing a mere 3.5 goals/game. Middlebury will take on The College of New Jersey at 2:30 on Saturday, with Colorado College meeting Salisbury in the other semifinal match-up at 11:30. The winners meet for the NCAA Championship on Sunday at noon. All games will be played at the College of New Jersey.
Middlebury came out strong with three goals in the game's first 5:05. Elizabeth Renehan opened the scoring 1:18 into the game driving to the left side. Kim Walker scored down low with a bounce shot, before Schuyler Winstead scored inside after a spin move to make it 3-0. The goalkeepers took over for the next 15 minutes, as Middlebury's Johanna Rosenfield and Bowdoin's Kendall Cox made some impressive saves. Cox made a great save on Liza Humes at the 20-minute mark, only to have Rosenfield answer at 17:14 with a nice free position save on Taylor White. Rosenfield struck again with 12:40 left in the half as she stuffed Colleen McDonald from point blank range after a great feed from Taryn King.
Middlebury got the offense running once again as they scored a pair of goals in 25 seconds starting at the 10:53 mark. Renehan scored her second of the game with a low bounce shot, before Alison Perencevich found Walker cutting to the goal. Winstead struck for two more goals at 6:09 and 2:52 to make it a 7-0 game. Rosenfield preserved the first half shutout as she made her best save of the game on Kate Donoghue down-low on a free position play with 25 seconds left in the half.
Bowdoin broke onto the scoreboard with two goals in 27 seconds early in the second half. King made a nice feed down low to Lyndsey Colburn for the first tally at 26:34, while White scored with a low side shot to make it a 7-2 game. Following a 13:09 scoreless drought, Perencevich scored driving to the goal at the 12:58 mark. Walker, Beth Seeley and Perencevich increased Middlebury's lead to 11-2 with 2:52 left to play. The Polar Bears scored the game's final goal at the 1:00 mark with a free position tally from McDonald.
Winstead and Walker led Middlebury with three goals apiece on the day, while Perencevich and Renehan added two each. Three different players scored solo goals for Bowdoin. Rosenfield ended the day with seven saves for Middlebury, while Cox made 11 stops for Bowdoin.
The Panthers are now 116-4 over their last seven seasons, with five NESCAC Championships and five overall NCAA Championships in '97, '99, '01, '02 and '04. Middlebury has an amazing 28-6 record in NCAA Tournament play, dating back to the spring of '94.
Date: May 15, 2005 - 1:00 p.m
Venue: Kohn Field - Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 OT F
Bowdoin (15-4) 0 3 - 3
Middlebury (16-1) 7 4 - 11
Middlebury Scoring: Schuyler Winstead 3-0, Kim Walker 3-0, Alison Perencevich 2-1, Elizabeth Renehan 2-1, Beth Seeley 1-0, Channing Weymouth 0-1, Claire Edelen 0-1, Michele Bergofsky 0-1.
Bowdoin Scoring: Colleen McDonald 1-0, Lydsey Colburn 1-0, Taylor White 1-0, Taryn King 0-1, Bobbi Dennison 0-1.
M-Johanna Rosenfield (60 min, 3 GA, 7 saves)
B-Kendall Cox (60 min, 11 GA, 11 saves)