November 5, 2011INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology defeated the Quakers 5-1 to earn the conference’s automatic bid to next week's NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Rose-Hulman led 2-0 at intermission after scoring twice in the opening stanza at 15:47 and 31:27.
In the second period, Corey Campbell cut the deficit in half as he scored on a penalty kick at 61:00. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Unfortunately for the Quakers, the Engineers (16-5) added goals at 66:35, 79:51 and 81:26 to claim the tourney title for the second time in their history. Rose-Hulman also won the tournament in 2008.
Earlham goalkeeper Chris Marshall had four saves for the Quakers. Rose-Hulman, which won its 11th straight match, led 13-8 in shots and 4-1 in corner kicks.
The Quakers finish the fall at 5-13-2.
This was Earlham's second appearance in a conference title match. The Quakers had a runner-up finish in the 2000 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament after a 4-0 loss to Ohio Wesleyan University in the championship match.
It was the third post-season tournament in school history for the Quakers in the NCAA era. Earlham lost in the first round of the NCAC Tourney in 1999.
Earlham's only NCAA Division III Tournament appearance was in 1998 when the Quakers got an at-large bid and lost 1-0 to Otterbein College in Richmond.