October 12, 2009

The Panther field hockey team had a 1-1 week, winning at Union during the week before suffering a NESCAC loss at Amherst on Saturday. The 20th ranked Jeffs earned the 4-2 win on Gooding Field in Amherst, Mass. The Lord Jeffs got a trio of goals from Haley Douds in the win to improve to 7-3 (3-3 NESCAC) on the year, while drops Middlebury to 6-3 (3-3).

Douds and Amherst started the scoring early, netting the first goal of the day just 4:27 into the game. On an Amherst penalty corner, Douds swept the ball out to Carly Dudzik, who found Carly Leahy. Leahy hit Douds once again for a goal from close range to put Amherst up 1-0.

Just 32 seconds went by before Douds struck again. Just a moment after the restart from the first goal, Amherst's Molly Malloy pushed a slow through pass to release Douds into space behind the Panther defense. Douds beat Middlebury first-year goalkeeper Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) to the ball, and re-directed a shot through her legs for the breakaway score.

Middlebury responded just over a minute later, as first-year player Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) knocked home a Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) feed to make it a 2-1 game.

Middlebury rookie Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) and Amherst's Kaitlyn McInnis traded scores to close out the first half with Amherst leading 3-2. Shortly after halftime, Douds completed her hat trick with another goal off a penalty corner. Dudzik had her hand in the score once again, with Liz Schink grabbing the other assist on the goal.

Vitale finished the day with nine saves for the Lord Jeffs, while Brooks and sophomore keeper Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) combined for six stops in net for the Panthers. Amherst's four goals is the highest total any team has posted against Middlebury this season, while the win breaks the Panther's five-game winning streak.

Earlier in the week, Middlebury won its fifth straight game with a 4-0 road victory at Union. Greer opened the scoring at 13:27 as she flipped a high shot into the goal with an assist going to sophomore Emily Blair (W. Vancouver, B.C.). The lead grew to 2-0 late in the half on a goal from McCormack with a helper going to Greer.

Senior Mullery Doar (Winnetka, Ill.) netted her fourth of the season at the 43:20 mark, while junior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) wrapped up the scoring with just under five minutes to go. Brooks made four saves in goal to earn the win. Union goalkeeper Sarah Rios made eight stops in the home net.
. Field hockey record: 6-3
. Up next: 10/13 vs. Keene - 4:00, 10/17 vs. Conn. College - 11:00