Field Hockey Wins Two More

September 22, 2008

The Panther field hockey team had little trouble with Wesleyan as the Panthers defeated the Cardinals 6-2 in a NESCAC contest on Kohn Field. Middlebury is now 5-0 on the season and ranked fifth in the latest national poll.

Middlebury opened the scoring after a quick pass along the goal line from sophomore Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) found sophomore Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), who finished for the 1-0 lead. Just over five minutes later, junior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) ripped a hard shot into the back of the cage after a nice centering feed from Delano. The lead grew to 3-0 with 13:10 remaining as Ryan settled a pass from McCormack on a penalty corner and found the back of the goal. Delano scored the final goal of the half as she drove towards the goal and finished.

Rookie Emily Blair (W. Vancouver, B.C.) scored just 55 seconds into the second half, before senior Sophie Thompson (Greenwich, Conn.) converted a penalty stroke to make it a 6-0 game. Wesleyan broke up the shutout with 14:30 remaining as Lili Creighton scored after a scramble in front.

Senior Caitlin Pentifallo (River Edge, N.J.) made five saves in 67 minutes to earn the win, while Breen McDonald made six saves for Wesleyan in 48 minutes of work.

Earlier in the week, Middlebury used four first half goals en route to a 6-0 win over Springfield on Kohn Field.

Middlebury struck first as McCormack scored with some nice stick work down low. Delano made it a 2-0 game at the 21:54 mark as she finished after a scramble. The Panthers took a 3-0 advantage when McCormack scored her second of the game on the third shot of an offensive flurry. Sophomore Allison Grant (Louisville, Ky.) closed the first half scoring as she tipped in a pass from Delano.

The game remained at 4-0 for much of the second half, until Thompson scored on a backhander with 11:12 remaining. Thompson struck again less than four minutes later, putting home a rebound after a shot from McCormack was saved.

Pentifallo was not forced to make any saves in 54 minutes of play, while Becca Shaw made a pair of stops for the Panthers. Kelleanne Salazar made a dozen saves on the afternoon for the Pride.
. Field hockey record: 5-0
. Up next: 9/27 @ Colby - 11:00