Middlebury women’s lax falls short in NCAA final
SALEM, Va. — Gettysburg College held on to edge the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team, 11-9, in Monday’s NCAA Division III final played on the campus of Roanoke College.
Middlebury saw its 11-game winning streak end and finished 20-3. Panthers Georgia Carroll, Hollis Perticone and Emma McDonagh all earned spots on to the all-tournament team.
Gettysburg won its second straight title and improved to 21-2 with the win over the 2016 champion Panthers.
The game was tied at 5-5 until Liza Barr scored late in the first half to give the Bullets a 6-5 lead at the break. Gettysburg then went on a 5-1 run to open the second half that made it 11-6.
McDonagh helped Middlebury cut into the deficit with two goals just 15 seconds apart. Her first came in an unsettled situation, while on her second she faked high and slid a low offering home.
Kirsten Murphy made it 11-9 with 4:09 remaining by working her way around the crease and putting a low shot past Bullet goalie Bailey Pilder, who played an outstanding game. The Panthers had only one more possession after that goal, and were unable to score and the Bullets ran out the remaining time.
McDonagh finished with three goals and an assist, concluding the tournament with 18 goals in five games. Murphy added two goals and an assist, while O’Neill netted a pair. Perticone collected five draw controls, while Evie Keating and Addy Mitchell each scooped up three ground balls. Goalie Kate Furber finished with five saves in goal.
Barr netted five goals for Gettysburg. Pilder, the only player in all three NCAA divisions with a save percentage over .600 (.611), finished with 12 saves in a game postponed from Sunday by thunderstorms.
On Saturday the Panthers bested top-ranked The College of New Jersey, 13-9, in the semifinal round. TCNJ, which defeated Middlebury during the regular season, finished at 20-3.
The Panthers scored three goals in the first eight minutes and held on to lead at the break, and then scored three goals early in the second half to take command. They led, 11-5, midway through the second half.
Carroll paced Middlebury with four goals and one assist, and McDonagh scored four times. Perticone chipped in with three goals, an assist and a game-high 11 draw controls, while Erin Nicholas and Mitchell each collected four ground balls. Evie Keating caused three turnovers and Furber finished with six saves.
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