October 19, 2009

The Middlebury College field hockey team broke open a scoreless game in the second half with four tallies on its way to a 4-1 victory over Connecticut College on Kohn Field. The Panthers used four different goal scorers in the game and have now won seven of their last eight contests.

First-year player rookie Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season in transition to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead after a feed from rookie Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.). Gardiner recorded her second-straight assist just 3:59 later, finding junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) with a crossing pass which led to Delano's second of the year. The offense kept coming, scoring its third goal in less than seven minutes on a penalty corner. Senior Mullery Doar (Winnetka, Ill.) blasted the shot home with assists going to sophomores Emily Blair (W. Vancouver, B.C.) and Lucy Jackson (Bronxville, N.Y.).

After a pair of helpers, Gardiner got in on the scoring at 59:17, knocking in a quick shot after a scramble in the goal area to make it a 4-0 game.

Connecticut College broke up the shutout with 2:42 left to play, as Abby Hine made some nice moves after a corner to create space and score her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

First-year goalkeeper Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) made five saves in goal to earn the win for the Panthers, while Steph Quinn made five stops for the Camels.

Senior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) and Greer scored two goals apiece to lead Middlebury to a 6-0 win over Keene State earlier in the week.

Delano opened the scoring with her first of the season just 1:59 into the contest. Greer took a feed from McCormack down low at 6:15 to give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage. The lead grew to 3-0 just 12:23 into the game as McCormack took a pass across the circle from Delano and found the back of the cage. Middlebury entered the intermission with a 3-0 advantage and 13-7 lead in shots.

Middlebury controlled the play in the second half, adding three more goals and holding a 14-2 margin in shots. McCormack netted her second of the day just 2:36 into the half, tipping a pass from Doar. Junior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) entered the scoring column at 42:43 with a helper going to senior Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.), her second of the game. Greer wrapped-up the scoring with her team-leading 10th goal of the season at the 49:32 mark.

Sophomore keeper Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) made five saves in goal to earn her first shutout of the season. Vikki Stoessel and Meghan Ledoux combined to make 14 stops for the Owls.
. Field hockey record: 8-3
. Up next: 10/21 @ St. Lawrence, 10/24 @ Bates