No. 14 Rochester Edges Field Hockey in NCAA Second Round, 2-1

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – The University of Rochester scored with 31:31 left in the second half for a 2-1 victory over Husson on Saturday at Middlebury's Kohn Field. The 14th-ranked Yellowjackets (18-3) advance to play the host Panthers on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with the winner moving on to the NCAA Semifinals in Louisville, Kentucky. Middlebury earned a spot in the final with a 5-0 victory over the University of New England in the day's first contest. The Eagles conclude their season with a 13-6 record.

Husson had a good scoring chance in the ninth minute when Sadie Royer laced a shot from the left side, but Rochester goalie Kiran Sundaram saved the attempt with her right pad.

The contest remained scoreless until the 22nd minute when Rochester's Jennifer Lee tapped in a cross from Nancy Bansbach at the 21:35 mark for her third goal of the season.

Husson responded just 47 seconds after the halftime break. Taylor Shaw tipped in a shot from just inside the top of the arc by Mikayla Toth. The score was the 15th of the season by Shaw.

A little less than four minutes later, Lee found the back of the net again with the eventual game-winning tally for Rochester. She tapped in her own rebound on the right post after Husson goalie Anne Marie Provencal denied her first attempt with a nifty pad save.

The Yellowjackets had three chances to take a 3-1 lead in the 44th minute from point-blank range, but Provencal turned away each one for the Eagles.

The Eagles final scoring chance to knot the contest came at 64:20. Shaw tipped a hard pass from Toth that went just outside the left post, as Rochester claimed the 2-1 victory.

Sundaram (9-2) earned the win for the Yellowjackets with two saves, while Provencal (13-6) had 10 stops in front of the Eagle goal. Rochester held a 19-8 advantage in shots and a 7-2 edge in penalty corners.