Tyler Macnee scored with 55 seconds remaining to lift Middlebury to a 2-1 victory over William Paterson in an NCAA Regional Final game in Vermont. The Panthers advance to next weekend's sectional, where they will take on Babson at Bowdoin on Saturday, Nov. 20. The host school will meet Amherst in the other sectional match-up. Middlebury improves to 15-3-1 with the win, while William Paterson ends its season with a 14-4-3 mark.
William Paterson had a slight advantage in the first half, holding a 5-1 lead in shots. Middlebury had some opportunities, but they were unable to muster up many shots in the frame.
The Pioneer had a couple of nice chances in the first 13 minutes, but Middlebury keeper Tim Cahill kept them off the board. The first came at 8:08, when Ryan Miller's shot deflected off a Middlebury defender and was saved before being cleared away. Mike Lowe broke in all alone at 13:30, with Cahill coming out to making a sliding save to keep the game scoreless.
Three minutes later, Middlebury had a chance on a corner kick, but William Paterson keeper Zach Collins made a save through traffic on Alex Colucci.
With 3:43 left in the first half, the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead on the third of the season from Miller. Chris Belan crossed the ball from the left side, with Cahill briefly deflecting it before Miller was there to finish.
Middlebury tied the game in the second half, with Brett Brazier netting his third of the year at the 53:37 mark. Jake Edwards made a quick crossing pass from the right side, with Brazier there to redirect it into the back of the net to knot the game at 1-1.
The Panthers had an advantage in play for the next 20 minutes, before William Paterson came back strong. Kene Eze looked to put them back on top at 68:27 driving in from the right side. Cahill came out to challenge and was forced to dive back to his right to make a save. Matt Nigro's shot went just high in the 75th minute after beating a defender, before the Panthers began to challenge with a few opportunities of their own.
The game-winner came with less than a minute to play, when Brett Brazier drove to the net from the right goal line. He quickly made a firm centering pass to Macnee from 15 yards away, with the junior burying the shot for his team-leading sixth of the season.
William Paterson held an 11-7 shots advantage in the game, while Middlebury led 9-2 in corner kicks. Cahill finished with five saves to earn the win, while Collins made three stops for the Pioneers
Field Hockey Falls In NCAA Quarters
The Middlebury College field hockey team saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss at Ursinus in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Panthers end their season with a 13-5 mark, while the Bears improve to 20-1 as they advance to the final four for the third straight season.
Three different players scored for Ursinus, with Bridget Resetco, Corinne Freeman and Alyssa Thren each netting goals. Resetco scored the first goal of the game on a hard shot from the top right corner 12:56 in for a 1-0 Ursinus lead.
At 20:03, Freeman gave Ursinus a 2-0 lead with an assist from Jennifer Bayzick . The final goal of the game came at 40:36, when Thren scored off of a penalty corner when she dribbled through the Middlebury defense for a 3-0 lead.
Ursinus, who owned a 28-9 shot advantage, held Middlebury scoreless as goalkeeper LauraLee Lightwood-Mater had one save. For Middlebury, junior goalkeeper Becca Shaw had 13 saves. Ursinus held an 18-6 advantage in penalty corners.