April 12, 2010

Senior Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.) scored four goals and added five assists to lead the Middlebury women's lacrosse team to an 18-7 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers win their 27th straight game over the Polar Bears and improve to 5-3 (3-2 NESCAC). Bowdoin sees their five-game winning streak come to an end as they fall to 6-4 on the year.

            Heritage's nine-point effort led the Panthers to a season-high 18 goals. Junior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J), junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) and first-year player Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) added three goals apiece, while rookie Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.)  chipped in two goals and four assists. Bowdoin was led by five goals from Katie Herter.

            The Panthers pulled away with a late five-goal run in the opening half to take an 8-3 lead at intermission. Middlebury quickly pushed the lead to 10 goals early in the second half and led by as many as 11 tallies in the second half.

            Tara Connolly made six saves (13 goals against) in 38 minutes for Bowdoin before being relieved by Alexandra Brown, who made zero saves in the remainder. Herter led the Polar Bears with five draw controls, while Katie Stewart had three caused turnovers.

            Middlebury sophomore Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) made 11 saves, allowing six goals, in 56:10 before sophomore Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) came in for the final 3:50 (zero saves, one goal against). Sophomore Stephanie Gill (Hingham, Mass.) led the Panthers with six draw controls.

• Women's lacrosse record: 5-3

• Up next: 4/13 vs. Union - 5:30, 4/17 @ Trinity