LANCASTER, Pa. - #2 Franklin & Marshall's defense clamped down in the second half, limiting #8 Tufts high-octane offense to three goals in the second half of a 12-7 win in the NCAA Regional Final. Jen Pritchard broke three records with a five goal performance to spearhead the Diplomats (19-1) assault.
Pritchard scored five goals, reestablishing the NCAA postseason mark for career goals in the postseason at 48. The record had stood at 46. She also reset the Centennial Conference career mark for goals scored moving to 262 on her career. Swarthmore graduate, Katie Tarr, had held the record at 260. Pritchard's final point of the day moved her to 313 on her career, besting the 312 posted by Lauren Petrella '94.
The Diplomats defense limited Tufts (16-3) to three second half goals on nine looks and held the Jumbos' leading scorer, Amanda Roberts, to just a single tally on Sunday. Lidia Sanza recorded eight saves, four in each half, when the shots did get through. The Jumbos got three goals from the eight meter arc. F&M also successfully disrupted Tufts' transition game, stifling six of their 22 clear attempts.
The victory sets up a semifinal rematch of the 2008 National Championship. The Diplomats will face Hamilton, 13-9 winners over Middlebury, on Kerr Field at Roanoke, site of the Continentals 13-6 NCAA Championship game win over F&M a year ago.
Tufts opened the game with a 3-2 lead before Pritchard went to work. She accounted for half of an F&M four goal run that put the Diplomats ahead for good. Her fourth goal, early in the second half, broke the two records and held up as the 24th game winning goal of her career. 2:02 later on a free position shot, Pritchard broke Petrella's mark.
Meredith Lussier recorded a hat trick and an assist in the in the win. Lussier is now a single goal away from becoming the sixth active Diplomat with 100 goals in her career. Shannon Summers tallied three points to become the third Diplomat to reach 300 in a career. Her milestone was reached after collecting a Hargest feed from behind the cage. Summers made a pair of nifty moves to find the open shot. She joins Pritchard and Petrella in the 300-point club. Sarah Meisenberg became the fifth F&M player to reach 100 assists in her career with her lone helper in the game.
#8 Tufts (16-3) vs. #2 Franklin & Marshall (19-1)
Date: May 10, 2009 Location: Lancaster, Pa. Stadium: NCAF
Attendance:317 Start time:1:00 pm End time:2:40 pm Total time:1:40
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
Tufts............... 4 3 - 7
Franklin & Marshall. 7 5 - 12
Tufts SCORING: GOALS: Jenna Abelli 2; Stephanie Perez 1; Maya Shoham 1; Emily Johnson 1; Chrissie Attura 1; Amanda Roberts 1. ASSISTS: Stephanie Perez 1.
Franklin & Marshall SCORING: GOALS: Jen Pritchard 5; Meredith Lussier 3; Blake Hargest 1; Shannon Summers 1; Sarah Meisenberg 1; Lauren Ehrhardt 1. ASSISTS: Blake Hargest 3; Shannon Summers 2; Ashley Bevington 1; Meredith Lussier 1; Sarah Meisenberg 1.
Tufts GROUND BALLS: Lily Colahan 5; Alyssa Kopp 4; Courtney Thomas 4; Sterling Champion 2; Chrissie Attura 1; Sara Bloom 1; Kelly Cakert 1; Emily Johnson 1; Katie Lotz 1; Amanda Roberts 1.
Franklin & Marshall GROUND BALLS: Lidia Sanza 5; Sarah Meisenberg 4; Shannon Summers 3; Paulette Cutruzzula 2; Sarah Nyman 2; Cat Serpe 2; Ashley Bevington 1; Lauren Ehrhardt 1; Devi Hensch 1; Allison Solomon 1.
Tufts TURNOVERS CAUSED: Kelly Cakert 3; Alyssa Kopp 2; Chrissie Attura 1; Lily Colahan 1; Emily Johnson 1; Katie Lotz 1; Caroline Roma 1. Franklin & Marshall TURNOVERS CAUSED: Sarah Meisenberg 2; Lidia Sanza 2; Cat Serpe 2; Ashley Bevington 1; Lauren Ehrhardt 1; Blake Hargest 1; Sarah Nyman 1; Allison Solomon 1; Shannon Summers 1.
SHOTS - Tufts 20; Franklin & Marshall 25.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Tufts 15; Franklin & Marshall 20.
TURNOVERS - Tufts 21; Franklin & Marshall 19.
CLEARS - Tufts 16-22; Franklin & Marshall 19-25.
GOALIES - TUFTS: Sara Bloom 16-3 (60:00 minutes, 20 shots-8 saves, 12 GA); F&MW: Lidia Sanza 17-1 (60:00, 15-8, 7).
Start time: 1:00 pm Finish time: 2:40 pm Length of game: 1:40 Officials: Peggy Hoffman; Maureen Richard; Loretta Pawlowski; Sally LaPorte; (table). Scorer: Leach & Stillson.