Middlebury

WOMEN'S HOCKEY ADVANCES TO NESCAC SEMIFINALS

March 1, 2010

         The Panther women's hockey team scored four goals in a 2:18 span in the second period, on its way to an 8-1 win over Hamilton in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (16-6-3) advance to the NESCAC semifinals on March 6th & 7th at Amherst, where they will battle Trinity at 4:00 p.m. The Continentals end their season with an 11-11-3 record.

         Senior Ashley Bairos (Van Nuys, Calif.) threatened early for Middlebury, hitting the pipe with a shot at 16:30. Rookie Libby Miner (Fairfield, Conn.) made it a 1-0 game for the Panthers at 17:41, snapping a shot to the top right corner of the net after skating across the zone.

         Miner scored her second of the game 2:32 into the second period, converting a drop pass from senior Heather McCormack (Rowley, Mass.). The goal marked the third straight two-goal game for Miner, after scoring one in her first 19 career games.

         Leading 2-0, Middlebury went on a four-goal run to put the game out of reach. Bairos scored her 13th of the year in the slot at 9:18 to start the run, while rookie Madison Styrbicki's (Edina, Minn.) wrister went in off a Hamilton defender at the 9:42 mark. Junior Anna McNally (St. Paul, Minn.) scored her team-leading 15th and 16th goals of the season just 27 seconds apart to make it a 6-0 game at 11:36. First-year player Molly Downey (E. Sandwich, Mass.) closed the period with her second of the season, converting a nice feed from Bairos at 18:50.

         Hamilton broke up the shutout at 5:43 of the third period, as Christie Sharlow scored her sixth of the season. After a shot from Stephanie Miguel had been saved, Sharlow finished off a rebound as the puck just crossed the goal line before being cleared away. Sophomore MacKenzie Stevens (Vail, Colo.) scored the first of her career for the Panthers with 3:57 remaining, making it an 8-1 final.

         Senior Marjie Billings (Chevy Chase, Md.) ended the game with four assists, while McCormack, first-year player Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) and Bairos each added two helpers.

         Senior Lani Wright (Reading, Mass.) (60 min., 1 GA, 13 saves) earned the win in goal for the Panthers, while Becca Hazlett (31:36 min., 6 GA, 11 saves) and Meg Shine (28:24 min., 2 GA, 11 saves) split time for the Continentals.

• Women's hockey record: 16-6-3

• Up next: 3/5 vs. Trinity @ Amherst - 4:00, 3/6 - NESCAC Champ. - 12:00