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And then there were four...
This time last year, the NCAA Final Fours were set! Relive some of the action of great match-ups, upsets and victories.
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Saturday, November 23 | Semifinals | 11:00 a.m. ET & 2:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, November 24 | Final | 1:00 p.m. ET
No. 5 Johns Hopkins 1 - 3 No. 6 Franklin & Marshall | Rewatch
Another conference rival rematch took place in the Division III Final Four as No. 5 Johns Hopkins played No. 6 Franklin and Marshall for the third time in the 2019 season. When the teams battled the first two times, the scores were identical as Hopkins rallied to beat the Diplomats, 2-1. Franklin and Marshall outshot and out-penalty cornered the Blue Jays in their last meeting, but they could not find the equalizer in time.
Neither offense managed to break through in the opening half despite narrow misses from both sides. With four minutes to go before the halftime break, Franklin and Marshall's Erin Coverdale collected the ball of the top of the circle and opted for a high chance on cage that was turned back off the blocker pad of Hopkins' goalkeeper Kaitlin Hall.
Following the opening 30 minutes, the Blue Jays led in shots at 5 to 2 as well as penalty corners at 4 to 1.
In this tale of two halves, the Diplomats needed just over two minutes into the third period to light the scoreboard. Abby Straub secured a feed from Darby Klopp and saw her shot from the right wing bounce into the back of the cage. Less than two minutes later, the Diplomats added another one. Klopp was once again in on the action, found Lily Mynott underneath for a shot that was batted to the left side of the goal for the 2-0 edge.
Johns Hopkins cut the deficit to one in the 38th minute off a solo score from Katie McErlean, but the Blue Jay momentum was short-lived. Mynott scored again in the 43rd minute, breaking away down the left side of the field and tallying her second of the game for the 3-1 final.
No. 2 Middlebury 1 - 0 No. 3 Salisbury | Rewatch
It was the battle of the ‘burys as No. 2 Middlebury and No. 3 Salisbury met in the second semifinal game. Middlebury downed Babson 2-1 and Kean 4-1 on their road to Manheim, Pa. This was the 11th time that the Panthers will play in the semifinals as well as the third straight season. Salisbury met FDU-Florham and then Lynchburg to earn their spot in the Final Four. This marked the 15th appearance for the Seagulls, however they did not participate in 2018 as Tufts ended their season in the Elite Eight. The teams had not met since the 2007 postseason where Middlebury claimed a 2-1 win in overtime.
In the first quarter, Middlebury had the best chance to get on the scoreboard 4:38 into play. Erin Nicholas drove down the right side and lifted a shot from three yards out that Salisbury goalkeeper Dom Farrace saved with her left pad.
The second quarter saw Middlebury control much of the action in their offensive end. The Panthers had a pair of quality scoring opportunities, both coming on penalty corners. With just over six minutes left, Emma Johns received a pass driving toward the goal and lifted a shot from five yards that Farrace padded away. In the final minute, the Panthers worked the ball around the circle before Johns laced a shot that was saved by Farrace on the left side of the crease, sending the contest scoreless into the halftime break.
After the intermission on a penalty corner with 13:20 left in the third quarter, a shot from Marissa Baker on the left side was denied by Farrace. The Panthers broke through with the game's first goal nearly seven minutes later. Olivia Greensent a long forward pass that found the stick of Nicholas on the run. She worked down the right side, threading a pass through a couple of Salisbury defenders before finding Katie George inside the circle. In one quick motion, George turned and fired the ball inside the right post from seven yards out for the 1-0 lead with 6:27 left in the frame.
In the fourth, Middlebury earned four-straight penalty corners in the early minutes, but Salisbury was able to keep the Panthers from doubling the lead. Middlebury's defense held the Sea Gulls without a shot over the first 52:09 of the contest, as Salisbury earned their first shot with 7:51 remaining, as an attempt by Arielle Johnston was blocked on a penalty corner. On the second of back-to-back penalty corners with 3:29 left, Panther goalkeeper Grace Harlan charged off her line to save a low, hard attempt from Salisbury's Camryn Dennis to keep the Middlebury lead at 1-0. The Panthers held Salisbury without a shot over the remainder of the game en route to the thrilling victory.
Middlebury finished with a 13 to 4 advantage in shots and a 10 to 6 edge in penalty corners.
NCAA Division III Final
No. 2 Middlebury 1 - 0 No. 6 Franklin & Marshall | Rewatch
No. 2 Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Division III National Title game for the ninth time in program history after a 1-0 win over Salisbury. No. 6 Franklin & Marshall advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship game for the first time since 1981 following a 3-1 win over higher ranked Johns Hopkins. The last time these two teams played was back in the 2017 Final Four, where Middlebury won 2-1 in overtime. The overall history between these two teams goes to Panthers 3-0.
In the first quarter, shots were hard to come by for both teams. The best scoring chance came near the midway point of the frame when the Panthers earned a pair of penalty corners. On the first, Marissa Baker ripped a shot from 10 yards on the left that went just wide. The next corner saw an attempt by Baker from five yards out saved by Diplomat goalkeeper Christina Seery's right pad. F&M pressed for a goal late in the quarter, as Erin Coverdale's blast from just inside the circle on a penalty corner scooted just wide to the left.
In the second quarter, Middlebury had a great chance with five minutes left when Erin Nicolas dribbled down the middle of the field for nearly 60 yards, taking a reverse shot from the left that went just wide to the right. In the final 30 seconds, the Diplomats tallied their best chance of the quarter when Darby Klopp tipped a through pass on the right post that Panther goalkeeper Grace Harlan saved with her left pad to send the contest into halftime scoreless.
After the break, much of the third quarter was played in the midfield. With less than two minutes left, Middlebury had a great chance when Nicholas intercepted a clearing attempt, worked her way into the circle and lifted a backhand shot that Seery got a piece of with her left pad. A minute later, the Panthers garnered a penalty corner, but Isabel Chandler's lifted shot sailed just high to send the game into the final quarter scoreless.
Middlebury tallied the game's lone goal with 6:17 remaining. Chandler worked down the left side of the field, sent a cross that dribbled through traffic before Baker collected it at the top of the circle. She spun to her right and ripped a shot that glanced off a defender's stick and deflected up and over Seery as she tried to knock it down with her stick, but the ball found the back of the net.
The Panthers nearly doubled their lead three minutes later, but Nicholas' attempt was saved by Seery on the post. With 2:35 remaining, F&M looked for the equalizer on a penalty corner, but Coverdale's shot went wide right. The Panthers were a player down for nearly the final minute, but the defense limited the Diplomats without a shot and earned the title.