Field Hockey With Two More Wins

October 20, 2008

The Panther field hockey team scored a season-high nine goals and picked up their 15th consecutive win over Bates, this time with a 9-0 shutout. The Panthers scored five times in the first half and outshot the Bobcats 23-7, holding a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Leading 1-0 on a goal from senior Marnie Rowe (Harwich, Mass.), junior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) made it 2-0 just 4:45 into the game, as she scored at the end of a penalty corner. Senior Sophie Thompson (Greenwich, Conn.) made it a 3-0 game with her first of a career-high four goals on the afternoon, as she tipped in a pass from Rowe. Thompson struck again 7:10 later, scoring on a rebound after a shot from sophomore Logan Brown (Denver, Colo.) was saved on a penalty corner. First-year player Emily Blair (W. Vancouver, B.C.) scored the final goal of the half as the Panthers took a 5-0 advantage into the break.

The Middlebury offense continued in the second half as Thompson scored twice more, along with goals from senior Lindsay McBride (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.). Junior Mullery Doar (Winnetka, Ill.) ended the game with three assists for the Panthers.

Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Pentifallo (River Edge, N.J.) made four saves in 63 minutes of work, while rookie Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) saw action for the final seven for Middlebury. Katie McEnroe made nine saves in 47 minutes for Bates, while Helena Turner made none in 23 minutes of play.

Earlier in the week, Middlebury picked up a 4-0 non-league win at Keene State on Tuesday night. Delano and McCormack netted two goals each for the Panthers.

Delano scored an unassisted goal at the 22:43 mark of the first half and McCormack finished off a feed from Rowe to take Middlebury to a 2-0 lead at the break.

Delano got her second of the game, and team-leading 17th of the season at the 42:05 mark of the second half, with an assist from Doar. McCormack capped the scoring with her second goal of the game and eighth of the season seven minutes later with McBride drawing an assist.

Middlebury controlled play throughout the game and held a 27-3 advantage in shots and led 10-3 in penalty corners. KSC goalie Vikki Stoessel finished the game with a season-high 14 saves. Pentifallo played the first 61:20 for Middlebury and stopped two shots, while Shaw finished the game and didn't record a save.
. Field hockey record: 9-2
. Up next: 10/25 @ Conn. College - 11:00