January 18, 2010

The Panther women's hockey team outshot UMass.-Boston 40-13 on its way to a 7-2 win over the Beacons (7-7) in a non-league game played at Kenyon Arena. First-year player Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) notched a hat-trick midway through the game, also earning an assist on the afternoon

After controlling much of the play in the first period, Middlebury finally broke through with a pair of goals from Greer in an 11-second span late in the period. After junior Julia Ireland's (Greenwich, Conn.) shot was saved, Greer pounced on the rebound and quickly lifted a shot into the top of the net. Her second tally came at 18:52, when Ireland fed Greer on the left side for a quick wrister.

Middlebury scored twice in a 1:43 span early in the second period to take a 4-0 advantage. Sophomore Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, Colo.) scored a power play goal at 2:38, finding the five-hole after a rebound. Junior Nora Bergman (Concord, Mass.) made it a 4-0 game, redirecting a feed from senior Ashley Bairos (Van Nuys, Calif.) at the 4:21 mark.

The lead grew to 5-0 at 11:51, as Greer notched a hat-trick on a rebound after a shot from junior Heidi Woodworth (Princeton, N.J.) had been saved. UMass.-Boston got on the board at the 16:18 mark, as Lauren Duran scored on a rebound. Melberg closed out the second period scoring with 1:49 remaining, turning quickly and snapping a shot into the net for a 6-1 lead.

Bairos scored her fifth of the season in the third period for Middlebury, before Sam Phillips scored the game's final goal for UMass.-Boston at the 13:52 mark.

Senior Lani Wright (Reading, Mass.) (44 mins., 1, GA, 7 saves) and sophomore Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) (16 min., 1 GA, 4 saves) combined in net for the Panthers, as did Leah Hallett (40 mins., 6 GA, 15 saves) and Jamie Cudmore (20 mins., 1 GA, 18 saves) for the Beacons.

Middlebury held a 1-0 lead early but couldn't hang on, as Amherst picked up a 3-1 win in Kenyon Arena. The seventh-ranked Panthers fall to 7-4 overall, while the top-ranked Jeffs improve to 9-1-2.

Middlebury grabbed its lead 5:32 into the game, with rookie Maggie Woodward (Dover, N.H.) netting a power play goal for her third tally of the season. Amherst netminder Sinead Murphy made a pair of saves from close-range, before Woodward quickly slipped the puck into an open net for the lead.

The Jeffs tied the game with a power play goal of their own 4:47 into the second period. Stephanie Clegg found the back of the net for the third time this season, with Geneva Lloyd earning an assist. Amherst took its first lead of the game with 5:10 remaining in the period, when Josie Fisher scored her seventh goal of the year, coming from behind the net.

The Jeffs gained some breathing room 4:52 into the third, when Cianna Wyshnytzky scored her second of the season. Molly Malloy's shot from the point was saved, as Wyshnytzky pounced on the rebound and finished.

Murphy finished with 11 saves to earn the win, while junior Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) made 20 stops for the Panthers.

Sixty-five minutes wasn't enough to decide a winner, as Middlebury (7-4-1) and Amherst (9-1-3) battled to scoreless tie on Saturday afternoon in Kenyon Arena.

Amherst held a 7-5 edge in shots during the first period, while Middlebury looked strong in the second session with a 9-5 advantage. Both teams had opportunities to score, with Middlebury going 0/4 on the power play through two periods of play.

Amherst had the best chance to score in the game 11:00 into the third, as Emily Vitale's shot from the left point deflected off Wright's glove and off the crossbar. Middlebury had a couple of solid chances as well, including a backhander by Greer that was denied by Caroline Hu in the 14th minute. Regulation ended with Middlebury holding a 22-20 edge in shots, as the game moved into overtime.

Middlebury had a golden opportunity in overtime, going on the power play just 1:06 into the 5:00 session. The Panthers were unable to muster up a shot, settling in a 0-0 tie. Wright ended the day with 20 saves for the Panthers for her ninth career shutout, while Hu made 22 stops for the Jeffs.
. Women's hockey record: 7-4-1
. Up next: 1/22 @ Williams, 1/23 vs. Williams - 7:00