March 2, 2009

The Panther women's hockey team outshot Williams 47-11 on its way to a 3-1 victory over the Ephs in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game played in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers advance to the NESCAC semifinals next weekend, while the Ephs end their season at 8-16-1.

Middlebury threatened early as junior Ashley Bairos (Van Nuys, Calif.) hit a pipe early before junior Heather McCormack's (Rowley, Mass.) tip of a shot from senior Annmarie Cellino (W. Seneca, N.Y.) also drew iron. The Panthers held a 19-5 lead in shots after one period, but were locked in a scoreless tie.

The Panthers and Ephs would play 18:34 of scoreless action in the second period before the Panthers broke on the board with a goal from Cellino. McCormack sent in a puck that Cellino finished off for her ninth of the year after a scramble.

Williams tied the game 5:00 into the third period as Jacqueline Berglass and Tracey Ferriter worked a two-on-one with Berglass netting her third of the season. Middlebury regained the lead just 2:34 later when rookie Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Calif.) tipped in a shot from the left side by McCormack. The Panthers gained some breathing room at the 16:05 mark as McCormack scored after a shot was sent in from the point by junior Marjie Billings (Chevy Chase, Md).

Sophomore Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) made 10 saves in goal to earn the win, while Sara Plunkett made 44 stops for the Ephs.
. Women's hockey record: 17-3-4
. Up next: 3/7 vs. Colby @ Amherst - 3:30 (NESCAC semifinals), 3/8 - Champ. - 2:00