Dartmouth College Dashes No. 12 Middlebury College's Dreams of Ninth Place 6-4 in National Collegiate Club Championship Consolation Bracket

Shelley Wentzel
Shelley Wentzel

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Dartmouth College received pairs of goals from Co-Players of the Game Lisa Rennels (Fr., Palo Alto, Calif.) and Elizabeth Kamai (Jr., Corte Madera, Calif.) to knock off No. 12-ranked Middlebury College 6-4 in the consolation bracket of the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.

The win places the Big Green into a 2:50 meeting with either No. 10 University of Utah or Cornell University at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 with a slot in the tournament's ninth place game at stake.  Middlebury will face the loser of a second round game between Utah and Cornell at 9:50 p.m. tomorrow to determine which program finishes the tournament in a tie for 13th place and which earns one of two spots at No. 15.

Due to the limited pool availability and time restraints of a 16-team tournament, the field does not play out the 13th and 15th places unless two pools are available, such as last year at the University of Arizona.

Dartmouth never trailed in the game opening up 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 leads before Kamai tacked on an insurance goal with 1:17 left in the fourth period to advance the Big Green.

Kara Podkaminer (Gr., Janesville, N.Y.) opened the game's scoring with 3:02 left in the first period before Middlebury's Olivia Noble (So., Columbus, Ohio) responded at 2:40 to knot the game up.  Dartmouth regained the advantage in the final seconds of the first period as Aoife Duffy (Sr., Mill Valley, Calif.) pumped and deposited a ball into the cage with 44 seconds remaining on the clock.

Middlebury pulled even with 3:06 left in the second period via a man-up goal by Andrea Tibbetts (Fr., Dover, Mass.), but Kamai netted her first score of the game on an advantage opportunity at 1:27 to give the Big Green a 3-2 lead at the break.

Again, the Panthers erased the deficit to open a period as Amelia Noble (Sr., Columbus, Ohio) broke through the Dartmouth "D" for a score at 5:43, but Rennels put her team back in front nearly two minutes later (3:44) with her first tally of the contest to make it 4-3.

Following the same pattern, Tibbetts fired in a five-meter penalty shot with 2:44 left in the period to record the equalizer and make it 4-to-4 entering the fourth and final period of play.

Needing some breathing room to hold off the Panthers, Rennels rocketed in a man-up goal at 4:08 and Kamai cushioned the lead less than three minutes later as Dartmouth picked up the two-goal win.

In cage, Betty Dembicer (Sr., Hartsdale, N.Y.) made two saves for Middlebury, while Shelley Wentzel (Fr., Fremont, Calif.) notched six stops in picking up the win for the Big Green.

Middlebury will wrap-up its participation in the championship tomorrow as the Panthers, which can finish no higher than 13th in this year's field, previously placed 12th (2010), 11th (2006) and eighth (2008) in prior trips to the championship. 

1 2 3 4 -- Final
Dartmouth College 2 1 1 2 -- 6
No. 12 Middlebury College 1 1 2 0 -- 4

Middlebury Goals: Andrea Tibbetts (2); Amelia Noble; Olivia Noble

Dartmouth Goals: Elizabeth Kamai (2); Lisa Rennels (2); Aoife Duffy; Kara Podkaminer

Saves: Middlebury - Betty Dembicer (2) ; Dartmouth - Shelley Wentzel (6)

Exclusions: Middlebury - 6 ; Dartmouth - 10

Advantage Opportunities:  Middlebury - 2-for-10 ; Dartmouth - 3-for-6

Cards: None

Officials: Don Lewis, Scott Voltz

Middlebury College's Alexandra Edel defends Dartmouth College's Haley Carstensen

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