Paige Henry scored 5:40 into the overtime to give DePauw a 2-1 victory over top-ranked Middlebury in Saturday's NCAA Division III quarterfinal on Kohn Field. The Tigers (21-1) handed the Panthers (18-1) their first loss of the season and will face Tufts in the NCAA semifinal on Saturday at William Smith College.
After being unable to convert on three penalty corners in the overtime, Henry streaked down the sideline, cut inside on a defender and blasted a shot from the top of the circle past Middlebury keeper Madeline Brooks to give DePauw the victory.
In the first half, Tiger goalie Maggie Steele came up with some big saves as she was able to keep DePauw in the game. She made a save on a deflection from Anna Kenyon early and late in the opening half made a diving stop on the far post on Catherine Fowler.
Lauren Greer tallied the lone goal of the first half, her 38th of the season. On a penalty corner, Alyssa DiMaio inserted the ball to Elinore O'Brien who made a stick stop for Greer as she hammered a shot home from the top at 24:32. The Panthers dominated the first half, holding an 11-0 advantage in penalty corners and outshooting the Tigers 13-0, but were only able to take a 1-0 lead into the break.
The second half was a much different game with DePauw putting some pressure on the Panther defense. The Tigers were able to get their first shot off, a strong backhand from Margaret Ellis, but Middlebury goalie Madeline Brooks swatted it away to maintain the 1-0 lead.
DePauw finally broke through at 57:24 when Bridgette Shamleffer sent a ball into the circle that deflected off a defender's stick right to Maggie Campbell on the far post. Campbell put the shot home earn her fifth of the year to tie it up at 1-1.
The Panthers tried to answer back, but Steele came up with five stops in the final 12:01, including back-to-back saves on Fowler in front of the cage, to force the game to overtime.
In the extra period, the Tigers were in control, earning three penalty corners and getting off a pair of shots before Henry netted the game-winner, sending DePauw to their first NCAA semifinal.
Steele finished with 13 saves for the Tigers, while Brooks made two stops for Middlebury.
Misericordia's Sam Helmsetter's marker in the 21st minute stood up as the game-winning goal as she helped lift the #10 Cougars to a 1-0 triumph over #15 Middlebury in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Dragone Field.
Misericordia, who runs its streak to 11 consecutive matches, makes their first-ever NCAA Sectionals appearance. The Panthers end their fine season at 13-3-1 with the setback in their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance.
After Middlebury fail capitalize on a couple of early chances to get on the scoreboard, the Cougars scored on a breakaway.
Laura Roney set the table with a pass from the middle of the box to Helmsetter, who slipped past two defenders and buried a shot to the bottom left corner for her team-leading 18th tally of the campaign.
The Panthers had two good looks by Scarlett Kirk in the final 15 minutes of the opening stanza, but could not tie the game.
In the 32nd minute, Kirk shrugged off a pair of backs to rip a shot from 10 yards away, but she was denied by Misericordia keeper Maureen Ciccosanti as the netminder made a sliding stop to deflect the ball out of harm's way.
As the period wound down, Kirk's other bid came on a header on the right side of the box, but it was kicked away by Angelina Buzgo for the key team-save.
In the 62nd minute Kirk had another open look, but her bicycle kick had too much strength and it sailed over the net.
Misericordia had a golden opportunity on a corner kick five minutes later, but Middlebury keeper Elizabeth Foody made a great play to snatch the ricochet off of one of her defenders.
Middlebury's final chance came with 11 minutes to go in regulation when Kirk received a cross from the middle of the box from Julia Favorito, but the ball trickled just to left of the net.
Ciccosanti, who came into the national tournament as one of six first-year players in the nation to crack the top 20 in goals against average (0.39), blanked her 10th opponent of the season. She ended the contest stopping all nine of the shots she saw on net.
Foody collected two stops in the setback for the Panthers.
Middlebury had a frustrating afternoon as they finished with a commanding 23-5 edge in shots (10-3 on goal), while Misericordia held the 3-1 lead in corner kicks.
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