October 5, 2009

In a battle between teams ranked nationally, #15 Middlebury handed #10 Skidmore a 3-1 defeat on Kohn Field in Vermont.

The game featured great scoring chances for both teams throughout, with the Panthers scoring twice in the final seven minutes to earn the win. Skidmore had some great chances in the first half, but were unable to convert. Elise Britt broke towards the goal with some room on a pair of occasions, but saw her shot attempts denied by Panther defenders. Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 32:25 into the game when junior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) centered a quick pass from the right side to rookie Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.), who deflected the pass into the back of the cage.

Skidmore tied the game just 4:28 into the second half, with a tally from Jackie Slocombe, her first of the season. A shot from Annie Rosencrans was saved by Middlebury sophomore keeper Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.), before the ball bounced off a pair of sticks to Slocombe, who tied the game at 1-1.

The Thoroughbreds kept the pressure coming with several quality scoring opportunities over the next 20 minutes of play, but Shaw and the Panther defense held, keeping the game in a 1-1 tie.

First-year player Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) earned the first of her career for Middlebury at 63:06, scoring on a rebound after a shot from Greer was saved. The Panthers added an insurance goal 1:49 later, as Greer converted a nice centering feed from Ryan for the second time on the afternoon.

Middlebury held a slim 11-10 shots advantage in the game, as well as an 8-7 lead in penalty corners. Shaw made five saves to pick up the win, while Liz Cantinella made two stops for Skidmore.

Middlebury had little trouble with NESCAC foe Colby defeating the Mules 7-0 in a game played on Kohn Field.

Senior Mullery Doar (Winnetka, Ill.) gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead just 4:59 into the game, driving to the goal from the top of the circle. Sophomore Emily Blair (W. Vancouver, B.C.) converted a penalty stroke at 8:16 to make it a 2-0 game, before Greer tipped in a shot from senior Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.) on penalty corner at 11:38.

Ryan gave Middlebury a comfortable 4-0 advantage at 28:25, tipping in a shot from Doar.

The Panthers kept up the pressure in the second half, as Greer scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season with a helper going to fellow Gardiner. First-year player Molly Downey (E. Sandwich, Mass.) tipped in a shot from junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) at 55:59, before sophomore Hannah Clarke (Falmouth, Maine) blasted the game's final goal home from the outside at the 60:35 mark.

First-year goalkeeper Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) made seven saves, while Shaw made a pair to combine for the team's second shutout of the season. Liz Fontaine made seven stops in goal for the Mules.

Middlebury won its second NESCAC home game in as many days, as the Panthers picked up a 5-3 win over Wesleyan on Kohn Field. Middlebury has now won four straight contests, scoring a dozen goals on the weekend with wins over Colby and Wesleyan.

Wesleyan struck first as Taryn Murray snapped a shot high into the left corner of the cage after a feed from Morgan McCauley 10:14 into the game. Greer scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season for the Panthers at 19:43, tying the game with a transition goal.

Ryan gave Middlebury its first lead of the game, taking a feed from junior Logan Brown (Denver, Colo.) before beating her opponent to gain shooting space down low. The Panthers took that 2-1 lead into the intermission, holding a 10-4 shots advantage.

Wesleyan tied the game just 5:08 into the second half, as Murray notched her second of the game after a scramble in front. Middlebury answered just 3:36 later as Doar blasted a shot home from the outside on a penalty corner.

The Cardinals answered once again, as McCauley scored with a quick feed from Jamie Thabault at 54:25. Doar gave the Panthers the lead for good just 1:17 later, scoring on the same penalty corner play with assists again going to sophomore Lucy Jackson (Bronxville, N.Y.) and Blair. Gardiner scored the game's final goal for Middlebury at the 64:46 mark, redirecting a great crossing pass from Brown.

Shaw made four saves in 58 minutes to earn the win for Middlebury, while Tori Redding made 14 stops for Wesleyan.
. Field hockey record: 5-2
. Up next: 10/6 @ Union, 10/10 @ Amherst - 1:00