#2 Middlebury Tops #7 Bowdoin, 11-9, to Advance

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. Middlebury will make its 13th consecutive trip to the NCAA semifinals after an 11-9 win over Bowdoin in an NCAA quarterfinal match-up on Kohn Field. The Panthers will meet The College of N.J. in the NCAA semifinals on Saturday, May 20th at 2:30 p.m. at Stevens Institute (Hoboken, N.J.). Gettysburg will take on Cortland State in the other semifinal at 11:30 a.m. The title game is slated for Sunday, May 21st at noon and will be televised live on CSTV. Bowdoin ends its impressive season by tying a school-record with 15 wins against just four losses.

In a rematch of last year's NCAA regional final and last week's NESCAC title game, Middlebury and Bowdoin came out strong, with momentum shifting back and forth. Middlebury jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Polar Bears answered with a pair to make it a 3-3 game at the 18:31 mark of the first half. The Panthers then scored five of the final six goals of the half to take an 8-4 lead into the intermission. Alison Perencevich scored a pair with assists from Kim Walker to start the run.

Bowdoin came out charging in the second half, rattling of four unanswered goals to tie the game at eight with 17:14 remaining. Bobbi Dennison started the run, before a great feed from Bridget Keating to Taylor White cut the lead to a pair. Lyndsey Colburn and Brooke Nentwig scored unassisted goals to tie the game up.

Middlebury ended a 23:54 scoring drought at 9:55 as Schuyler Winstead caught a pass down low and quickly turned and shot to give the Panthers a 9-8 lead. Bowdoin would not go away as White tied the game at 7:23 as she quickly turned a fired a shot past Blair Bowie.

Katherine Entwisle came off the bench to break the 9-9 tie, scoring the game-winner with a shot to the top right corner on a free position with 4:26 remaining. Winstead gave the Panthers some breathing room at 2:57 as she circled the net before sliding a shot past Steph Collins-Finn to give Middlebury an 11-9 win.

Winstead, Entwistle, Perencevich and Elizabeth Renehan paced Middlebury with two goals apiece. Kim Walker had three assists in the game, while Winstead added a pair. Bowie was very impressive in net, making nine saves to earn the win.

White and Kate Donoghue each scored twice to lead the Bowdoin offense, while Collins-Finn ended the game with five saves.

Bowdoin SCORING:
GOALS: Taylor White 2; Kate Donoghue 2; Lyndsey Colburn 1; Jena Davis 1; Bridget Keating 1; Bobbi Dennison 1; Brooke Nentwig 1.
ASSISTS: Lyndsey Colburn 1; Jena Davis 1; Bridget Keating 1; Taylor White 1.

Middlebury SCORING:
GOALS: Schuyler Winstead 2; Elizabeth Renehan 2; Alison Perencevich 2; Katherine Entwisle 2; Kim Walker 1; Channing Weymouth 1; Michele Bergofsky 1.
ASSISTS: Kim Walker 3; Schuyler Winstead 2; Channing Weymouth 1.

SHOTS - BOW 23; MID 23.

BOW: Steph Collins-Finn (60:00 minutes, 16 shots-5 saves, 11 GA)
MID: Blair Bowie (60:00, 18-9, 9).


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