March 23, 2009

The Middlebury College women's lacrosse team improved to 3-0 on the season as they pulled away from Wesleyan, earning a 15-5 win on Kohn Field. The Panthers improve to 9-0 all-time against Wesleyan. Trailing 1-0, junior Lindsay Winstead (Chevy Chase, Md.) scored on a free position, followed by a tally from first-year player Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) driving to the goal to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Charlotte Hastings tied the game for the Cardinals with a free position goal with 14:15 remaining in the first half, before sophomore Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) answered for Middlebury. Clare Smith knotted the game once again at 3-3 with 5:08 remaining, before the Panthers closed the half with a pair of goals, including one from junior Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.) as time expired.

Middlebury came out strong in the second half, scoring three goals in the first 4:57 to take an 8-3 lead with 25:03 left to play. Garry started the run with a high shot to the corner, followed by a tally from Heritage in transition and a quick-stick goal from Delano. The last two tallies were both assisted by senior Lindsay McBride (Old Greenwich, Conn.). Jess Chukwu scored Wesleyan's final goal of the game with 18:45 remaining, before the Panthers closed the contest with six straight goals.

Senior Caroline Kirkendoll (Telluride, Colo.) started the run, before Heritage scored from Kirkendoll in transition. The Panthers then scored three goals with a pair of Cardinals sitting out for yellow cards. Winstead scored the final goal of the afternoon with 1:25 remaining to make it a 15-5 contest.

Heritage scored three goals with two assists in the game, while Delano scored three times with a helper. McBride ended the afternoon with a goal and three assists, while Winstead and Garry each scored twice. Sarah Orkin led Wesleyan with a pair of goals, while Hastings had a goal and an assist.

Senior Blair Bowie (Washington, D.C.) was impressive with 15 saves on the afternoon, while Maggie Drowica made nine stops for the Cardinals.

Garry and Delano scored four goals each to lead Middlebury to a 19-6 triumph against Connecticut College (2-4, 0-3) in New London Saturday. Heritage chipped in with three goals and an assist for the Panthers, who out-shot the Camels 36-18 in the win. Connecticut College sophomore Abby Hill tallied two goals and an assist in the NESCAC contest, while Katelyn Driscoll accounted for two scores in the setback.

The Camels took a 3-2 lead on a score from Hill at the 21:32 mark of the first half. But the Panthers put together a 5-0 run in a span of 4:57 to pull away from the hosts. Garry netted her third goal of the half to cap the rally with 7:45 remaining and the Panthers enjoyed a 7-3 advantage.

Middlebury scored three of the next four goals to take a 10-4 lead at the break. The Panthers continued to pull away in the second stanza, accounting for the first five goals in the frame on their way to the 19-6 victory.

Bowie stopped 11 Connecticut College shots in the win, while rookie Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) made one save in nine minutes of relief duty for the Panthers. Ashleigh Kowtoniuk made 11 saves for Connecticut College, while Rachel Nelson contributed six saves in second half action between the pipes.
. Women's lacrosse record: 4-0
. Up next: 3/24 @ W&L, 3/27 vs. Colby @ Yale