WOMEN'S LACROSSE DROPS A PAIR
April 13, 2009
The Panther women's lacrosse team suffered its first ever loss to Union as the 15-ranked Dutchwomen knocked off the eighth-ranked Panthers 12-8 in N.Y. Middlebury held a 33-0 series advantage prior to the games, with the teams first meeting in '76. Kristin Joyce scored five goals and Jill LaForest scored four to lead the Dutchwomen (6-2), as Middlebury fell to 5-3.
Union goalkeeper Cat Ruggiero made 13 saves, including eight in the first half, which ended in a 4-4 deadlock. Middlebury slightly outshot Union, 26-25 as senior Blair Bowie (Washington, D.C.) made seven saves for the guests.
Union also got two goals from Chelsea Charette and a single score from Allie Cuozzo. Middlebury was led by junior Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.), who scored three goals while the Panthers had single tallies from sophomores Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) and Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), rookies Stephanie Gill (Hingham, Mass.) and Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.), along with senior Kate Barton (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). The Dutchwomen had 26 ground balls to the Panthers' 21, and Middlebury converted 13 of 15 clears while Union converted 12 of 15.
The Dutchwomen opened the scoring with Joyce's 23rd just 1:01 into the game, and Ryan tallied at 27:14 to tie it. Union scored the next two but the Panthers tied it at 3-3 with 8:21 left. Both teams traded goals to end the half. Union stormed out to an 8-4 lead with the first four goals of the second stanza. Joyce and LaForest scored at 27:37 and 27:02, and Charette (her 16th) and Joyce again provided the four goal advantage with 17:48 remaining. But Heritage scored the next two at 16:30 and 14:44 to pull the Panthers to within two.
At 11:54, Joyce took a quick feed in front from Charette to make it 9-6, but Garry's 16th at 34 seconds later once again made it a two goal contest. LaForest took a high shot to the top corner at 9:23 to regain the three goal lead, only to be followed by Delano's 20th of the year at 8:46. But the Dutchwomen got insurance on Cuozzo's 13th at 6:15 and iced it with the 11th of the year from LaForest with 3:08 remaining.
On Saturday, seven different Jumbos scored goals, and sophomore goalie Sara Bloom made 11 saves as the seventh-ranked Tufts University women's lacrosse team earned an important 12-7 victory against #8 Middlebury College in the rain on Bello Field.
The visiting Panthers had an early 2-1 lead on back-to-back goals by Delano. Junior Jenna Abelli scored twice for Tufts in the first 19 minutes and the game was tied at 3-3. Tufts took over the momentum in the next eight minutes, scoring four answered goals with two each by junior Emily Johnson and senior Courtney Thomas. Delano scored her third goal of the half on a free-position shot with 1:50 left and the game went to halftime with the Jumbos leading 7-4.
The teams traded goals early in the second half, but then a three-goal Tufts spurt gave them a commanding 11-5 advantage on a free-position tally by sophomore Amanda Roberts. Middlebury scored two of the final three goals, but a stellar Jumbo defense would finish up holding the Panthers to their lowest goal total of the year. Bloom, with five saves in the first half and six more in the second, was a big factor. Junior Alyssa Kopp caused three turnovers and had three ground balls for Tufts.
Thomas led the Jumbos with three goals and an assist, while also scooping up three ground balls. Senior Chrissie Attura assisted on four goals, and Johnson and Abelli both finished with two goals and an assist. Roberts scored once and controlled four draws. Tufts had the statistical advantages in shots (25-23), ground balls (19-12) and draw controls (13-8).
Delano had two draw controls in addition to scoring three goals for Middlebury. Ryan finished with two goals, two draw controls, a ground ball and a caused turnover. Bowie made seven saves, had four ground balls and caused two turnovers.
. Women's lacrosse record: 5-4
. Up next: 4/15 vs. Amherst - 4:45, 4/18 vs. Trinity - 11:00