October 1, 2012

The Panther field hockey team picked up its third straight win over a team ranked in the top 10, as the second-ranked Panthers earned a 2-1 road win at #5 Skidmore. The loss was the first of the season for the Thoroughbreds, who fell to 8-1 overall, while the Panthers improved to 6-0. The setback snaps Skidmore's regular season home winning streak at 27 games.

The Panthers dominated the first half, outshooting the Thoroughbreds 17-0 as Skidmore goalie Haley McDougall made 10 saves to keep it scoreless through the half.

Middlebury broke the scoreless tie at 44:44 when rookie Anna Kenyon (Dedham, Mass.) redirected a pass from sophomore Alyssa DiMaio (Morristown, N.J.) for her third of the season. The Panthers made it 2-0 when senior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) tallied her 10th of the year, redirecting a senior Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) pass on the far post at 55:05.

Skidmore was finally able to put pressure on the Middlebury defense late. They made it a 2-1 game when Ceilidh MacNeill redirected Kelly Blackhurst's shot past senior keeper Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) with 6:59 remaining. The Thoroughbreds continued to put the pressure on late but were unable to break through as the Panthers held on for the 2-1 victory.

McDougall finished with a career-high 19 saves for Skidmore, while defenders Annie Weis and Jenn Hanks each added a defensive save. Brooks made two saves, while junior Meredith Rowe (Kenilworth, Ill.) had a pair of defensive saves for Middlebury. The Panthers ended the game with a 31-7 shots advantage.

Second-ranked Middlebury stayed unbeaten in 2012 behind a 4-1 NESCAC victory over homestanding Wesleyan on Saturday. The Panthers upped their record to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference as they remained the only undefeated team in the league, which boasts five teams in the top-20 nationally. It was Middlebury's 13th consecutive victory over Wesleyan and raised its lead in the all-time series to 26-3-1.

Greer improved her scoring for the season to 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points with a two-goal effort.  Her goal with 5:43 left in the first half gave Middlebury a two-goal cushion shortly after an apparent Cardinal goal was disallowed. A pair of goals in a span of just 1:15 midway through the second half pushed Middlebury's edge to 4-0 before Wesleyan averted a shutout on senior Ashley McLaren's goal with 15:17 to play.

Middlebury doubled up on Wesleyan in the shots department with 24 to the Cardinals' 12. Greer had nine of the Panther scoring attempts.  Her unassisted tally in the second half was the final Panther marker with 18:43 to go. Earlier, sophomore Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.)  netted her fourth goal of the year for the 3-0 lead. DiMaio opened the scoring on the day just 1:45 into the contest when she took a pass from Gardiner from the right side and converted in front with a shot inside the left post.

Wesleyan keeper senior Tori Redding collected 14 saves in the contest while Brooks came up with eight stops.

• Field Hockey record: 7-0

• Up next: 10/2 vs. Castleton – 6:30, 10/6 vs. Hamilton – 11:00, 10/7 @ Conn.