No. 6 Middlebury Ousts Defending Champ No. 3 Gettysburg

After standing even off the draw for the majority of the game, the Panthers stepped up in the final 15 minutes and won four consecutive draw controls. Middlebury turned a pair of three-minute possessions into goals with Garry giving the team a 12-9 lead with 6:12 to play.

Gettysburg forced a turnover on Middlebury's next possession, but the Bullets came up empty as Lucy Jackson knocked the ball away from Robinson and came up with the ground ball. Katie Ritter turned in a man-up goal on a free-position shot with 3:56 to play to push the lead to four.

Facing elimination, the Bullets pressed on the defensive end, pulling the goalie to force double teams on the ball. The Panthers made the hosts pay, netting two easy goals in the final minutes.

Middlebury held the advantage in shots (29-27), ground balls (18-9), and draw controls (14-12). The Panthers scored seven free-position goals on 14 attempts, both season highs against Gettysburg's defense.

Nguyen finished with nine saves for Middlebury. Garry connected on four goals, including three of the free-position variety. Herzog netted three goals, and Margaret Souther and Colbert each posted two. Herzog added four draw controls and four ground balls, while Catherine Fowler picked up five draw controls.

For Gettysburg, Coleman finished the day with 10 saves, while Church had a four-point day. Pruitt and Kenny each recorded two goals, the latter adding three draw controls. Hayward Sawers recorded one assist, two ground balls, and three draw controls.

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2012-05-13



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