MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – For the second straight year, a successful Plymouth State College women’s lacrosse season came to an end at Middlebury
College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships.
The Panthers of Middlebury, who won the national championship in 1997 and 1999, defeated the Panthers of Plymouth State Saturday, 23-5.
Middlebury remains unbeaten (14-0) and moves on to the quarterfinals against the winner of the Cabrini (Pa.)-Cortland State (N.Y.) contest.
Plymouth State ends its season with a 13-4 overall record under first-year head coach Wynne Lobel. The Panthers received an invitation to the
NCAAs after winning their second straight New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance Championship last week.
Middlebury allowed the first goal of the game, but scored the next 13 before PSC could get on the board again, and the hosts led 14-2 at halftime.
Plymouth State scored twice in the opening minute of the second half, but Middlebury, which is ranked seventh in the nation in scoring, went up 21-5 with 20
minutes remaining and cruised to the win.
Eleven different players got into the scoring act for Middlebury, led by Julia Bergofsky, Nuala O’Donohoe and Betsy Wheeler with three apiece.
Plymouth State, which is ranked eighth in the nation in scoring, got two goals and two assists from freshman Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.),
and a goal and an assist from junior Robin Hartman (Santa Maria, Cal.). Junior Brooke Smith (Columbia, S.C.) and sophomore Heather Adey (Nashua,
N.H.) also collected goals for PSC.
PSC netminders Brenna Matarazzo (Salem, N.H.) and Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) combined for nine saves, while Middlebury
freshman Sarah Grenert made 12 saves.
Hartman finishes the season at PSC’s scoring leader with 61 points (34 goals, 27 assists). Sheridan was second with 57 points (40 goals, 17 assists)
and Adey was third with 55 points (35 goals, 20 assists). Hartman also moved up to third on PSC’s all-time scoring list with 166 points (115 goals, 51 assists).
She trails only Terry Galley (195 points from 1982-85) and Amy Burns (171 points from 1981-84).
NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN’S LACROSSE TOURNAMENT
at Middlebury, Vt.
1 2 Final
Plymouth State (13-4) 2 3 – 5
Middlebury (14-0) 14 9 – 23
PSC Katie Sheridan 2, Robin Hartman, Heather Adey, Brooke Smith
M Julia Bergofsky 3, Katie Simpson 3, Betsy Wheeler 3, Nuala O’Donohoe 2,
Kate Clark 2, Kristin Behr 2, Dana Chapin 2, Liv Wilson 2, Meg Bonney 2,
Dalton Cox, Kristin Hanley
PSC Katie Sheridan 2, Robin Hartman
M Betsy Wheeler 3, Jean Butler 2, Dalton Cox 2, Julia Bergofsky 2, Nuala O’Donohoe 2,
Meg Bonney 2, Keely Murphy, Liv Wilson
PSC Brenna Matarazzo 2, Carmen Villanueva 7
M Sarah Grenert 12