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September 12th, 2009

Lance Tallies Two Goals for Vassar Brewers

Junior Jessica Lance had two of Vassr's four goals against Elms
POUGHKEEPSIE - The Vassar College field hockey team pelted Elms College goalie Alexandra Bonavita with 19 first half shots, and if not for a bevy of sensational saves, the Brewers would have taken more than a 1-0 lead into intermission. But behind a 16 shot afternoon from junior midfielder Jessica Lance, the Brewers tallied three goals in the last ten minutes of the game – two by the long overdue Lance – to defeat Elms 4-0 and advance to the championship game of the 21st annual Betty Richey Tournament.

Vassar, now 1-2 on the season, will seek its first Betty Richey Tournament title since 1995 when the Brewers meet Massachusetts Institute of Technology (5-0), a 3-2 winner over Manhattanville College, in Sunday’s Noon Championship game. Elms (1-1) and Manhattanville (1-2) play in the consolation game at 10:00 a.m.

While the Brewers were dominating the first half, rarely allowing the Blazers to cross into offensive territory, the score was not indicative of the pressure Bonavita was under. But despite relentless pressure, it wasn’t until 27 minutes have elapsed that Vassar finally got on the scoreboard. The Brewers finally scored with 8:09 left in the half, when after a series of penalty corners prompted junior Madeline Rooney to flip the ball in a crowded crease to freshman Elizabeth Annis, who knocked the ball past Bonavita for a 1-0 Vassar lead.

The Brewers were equally as offensive-minded in the second half, collecting 26 shots, but Bonavita kept her team in the game until the last nine minutes when the Brewers scored three goals in a span of 8:10 seconds. Lance pushed Vassar up 2-0 with 9:11 remaining when maneuvered the ball behind the Elms defensive line and rocketed a shot past Bonavita for her first goal of the year.

Inspired by her first goal, Lance struck again five minutes later for a 3-0 Vassar lead. Sophomores Rebecca Backer and Emily Maier had assists on Lance's goals. Senior Jordan Friedmann rounded out the scoring with one minute left in the game, knocking in her second goal of the year off an assist from senior Catherine Fuller.

The Brewers took an impressive total of 45 shots, including 26 in the second half, and also had 25 penalty corners. Elms was unable to get off a single shot and was stymied on penalty corners.

Bonavita was the bright spot for Elms, tallying 30 saves. 

MIT 3, Manhattanville 2
In the second game of the Betty Richey Tournament on Saturday afternoon, MIT scored two goals in the first half and held off a second half Manhattanville comeback to win 3-2 and move on to the championship game.

The Engineers got goals from Anna Teruya and Kimberly Barker within the first 15 minutes of the first half and appeared in control, taking that 2-0 lead into halftime. The game was much more even in the second half, however, as Manhattanville out-shot MIT 8-2. The Valiants cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Jen Ascencio with 16:14 to play. MIT went ahead 3-1 on a goal by Kameron Klauber less than four minutes later, but Manhattanville again cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal by Kayla Meenan. MIT held off several Manhattanville threats in the final ten minutes to hold on for the win and stay undefeated.
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