October 26, 2009

The Middlebury College field hockey team saw junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) scored four goals to stake the Panthers to a 6-0 lead, as they defeated Bates 7-1 in a NESCAC game on Saturday amid heavy rain at Campus Avenue Field.

Middlebury (10-3 overall, 5-3 NESCAC) outshot Bates (1-10, 0-8) by a 41-17 margin in the game, including a 27-3 edge in the first half. Bates evened things up in shots in the second half, but the Panthers extended their lead anyway from 2-0 at intermission.

Bates' Morgan Maciewicz scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 59th minute to close the gap to 6-1.

Delano put the Panthers on the board in the ninth minute when she redirected an outside shot by senior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.) past Turner, Bates' starting goaltender, on a penalty corner play. McCormack (two goals, one assist) made it 2-0 in the 21st minute when she slammed home the rebound off a defensive save by Bates junior back Zoe Donaldson.

The two first-half scores were all Middlebury would need for the win, but they added five in the second half nonetheless.

Delano scored two straight in the opening minutes of the half, the first on an assist by rookie Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) on a penalty corner. Greer added an unassisted score of her own to make it 5-0 in the 43rd minute, and Delano added her third penalty-corner goal in the 45th minute on an assist by senior Mullery Doar (Winnetka, Ill.).

Turner made 13 saves and allowed five goals in 45 minutes in net for Bates. Katie McEnroe came on for the final 25 minutes, making five more saves and allowing a goal. Sophomore keeper Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) made two saves in goal for Middlebury.

Earlier in the week, Middlebury earned a 6-5 shootout victory on the road at #17 St. Lawrence. Six different goal scorers found the back of the cage for the 10th ranked Panthers.

In the first half, Middlebury came out strong, quickly pressuring the Saints' defensive end. In the fourth minute of the game, Doar put the Panthers on the board with a hard shot from the middle of the circle after a penalty corner. The Scarlet and Brown responded just four minutes later, as Joss-Elyse Smith hammered the ball into the left corner right in front of the net, tying the game at one.

Middlebury continued to press hard, but the Saints fought back. The Panthers had a nice opportunity with 24 minutes left to play, but senior goalkeeper Emilie Lannamann had an impressive kick save to prevent a goal.

In the 14th minute of the first half, Caitlin Estes put the Saints ahead with a hard shot close to the net. The Panthers reacted immediately, as rookie Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) passed the ball to junior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) who fired it into the left corner of the net, tying the game at two in the 15th minute of play.

The Panthers upped their lead by two just two minutes later as McCormack took a shot on net, and Delano grabbed the rebound to put the ball past Lannamann in the top left corner.

In the 21st minute, Middlebury made the score 4-2 on a penalty corner. Doar passed the ball to Gardiner who nailed it into the top right corner. Just before the end of the first half, St. Lawrence cut the deficit to one as Smith grabbed her second goal of the night with a shot from the left corner of the circle.

In the second half, the battle continued as both teams continued to find the back of the net. The Panthers upped their lead by two, as Emily Blair took a shot on net. Lannamann made a nice save, but McCormack grabbed the rebound, putting the ball in the left corner in the 37th minute of play for a 5-3 lead. Five minutes later, Middlebury scored again as Greer scored on a penalty corner with a shot from the top of the circle.

The Saints made it a 6-4 game with the third of the night from Smith. St. Lawrence kept coming, making it a one-goal game in the 53rd minute as Smith scored her fourth of the game with a hard shot into the left corner of the net. That would be the game's final goal as the Panthers held on for the 6-5 victory.
. Field hockey record: 10-3
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