Field Hockey Still Undefeated

September 29, 2008

The Middlebury College field hockey team broke open a 3-2 game with four second half goals on its way to a 7-3 NESCAC road win at Colby. The Panthers (6-0 overall, 3-0 NESCAC) are ranked second in the country, while Colby falls to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the league.

The Mules put a scare into the Panthers in the first 16:05 of play in taking a 2-0 lead. Heather Quadir notched her seventh goal of the season with an assist from Meryl Poulin just 1:46 into the opening half. Caitlyn Lancaster tallied at 16:05 off a pass from Quadir to give Colby a brief lead.

Sophomore Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) took over the game in the final 7:27 of the first half. She assisted on a goal by senior Sophie Thompson (Greenwich, Conn.) and then tied the game at 2-2 with only 1:30 to the break on a pass from junior Mullery Doar (Winnetka, Ill.). With Middlebury on a penalty corner, Delano scored unassisted with no time left for a 3-2 halftime lead.

The two teams split goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half, while the Panthers went up 4-2 on Thompson's second goal of the game from senior Marnie Rowe (Harwich, Mass.). However, Colby battled back when Amy Campbell knocked in a shot off a pass from Lancaster about 10 minutes into play to make it a 4-3 game.

After Colby had a goal called back that would have tied the game, Middlebury tallied three straight times in a span of 4:01. Junior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) scored at 56:45 and then assisted on Delano's goal at 59:43. Rowe tallied the game's final goal at 60:46 for Middlebury's seventh goal.

Senior Caitlin Pentifallo (River Edge, N.J.) made four saves in goal to earn the win.
. Field hockey record: 6-0
. Up next: 10/4 @ Bowdoin - 11:00