October 8, 2012

The Panther field hockey team had little trouble with Castleton State, handing their in-state foes a 10-0 loss on Kohn Field.

Middlebury scored the first two goals of the game on the same penalty corner play. Sophomore Alyssa DiMaio (Morristown, N.J.) inserted to senior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.), who stopped the ball for Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.). The senior snapped both shots high into the cage for her team and NESCAC leading 13th and 14th goals of the season.

Rookie Anna Kenyon (Dedham, Mass.) put home her own rebound at the 12:21 mark, while DiMaio scored a pair in a 1:04 span to make it a 5-0 game at the 16:17 mark. DiMaio’s first goal came on a long cross from senior Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.), while her fourth of the season was on a deflection of a Greer pass.

Junior Katherine Theiss (Wilmette, Ill.) struck for a pair of her own later in the half, sweeping in a pass from sophomore Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) before tipping in a centering feed from sophomore Madeleine Despins (Larchmont, N.Y.). First-year player Erin Petry (Wilmette, Ill.) earned the first of her career at the 32:02 mark, scoring on a rebound to make it an 8-0 game at the half.

Despins scored just under 10 minutes into the second half with rookie Shannon Hutteman (Webster, N.Y.) earning her second assist of the contest. First-year player Jillian Green (Chappagua, N.Y.) found the back of the cage for the first time in her career at the 55:13 mark to make it a 10-0 final.

Middlebury held a 21-1 shots advantage in the game and a 9-1 lead in penalty corners. Senior keeper Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) made no first half saves to earn the win, while sophomore Emily Knapp (Scarsdale, N.Y.) stopped the only shot she faced in the second half. Jessica Galatioto made six first half saves for Castleton, while Heather Ploof made one second half stop.

Greer scored a career-high five goals as Middlebury had little trouble with Hamilton (0-9, 0-7), topping Continentals 8-0 on Kohn Field.

Middlebury opened the scoring at 11:03 with a goal on a penalty corner. DiMaio inserted to Souther, who set the ball for Greer before she released a high shot into the cage. Greer converted a penalty stroke at 15:32, before a centering pass from Gardiner found Theiss for a 3-0 lead at the 20:43 mark. Greer scored her third of the contest before Theiss struck again, tipping in a shot for the 5-0 advantage. Junior Clara St. Germain (Ashburnham, Mass.) made a nice pass to Greer 43 seconds later, with the senior converting in front at 25:55.

Theiss scored her third of the game 5:14 into the second half, converting a great feed into the middle from Gardiner. Greer notched her fifth of the contest just minutes later, scoring on a nice entry pass from Fowler.

Middlebury finished the game with a 34-0 shots advantage, as neither Brooks (40:14) or Knapp (29:46) were forced to make a save. Victoria Trentini made 10 saves in 25:55 for Hamilton, while Katie White stopped five shots in the game’s final 44:05.

Kenyon scored two goals and assisted on a third as Middlebury cruised to a 5-0 victory at Connecticut College Sunday afternoon. The Panthers have raced out to a perfect 10-0 record and are 7-0 in NESCAC play, while the Camels slip to 5-5 with a 2-5 record in conference action.

Fowler chipped in with a goal and an assist for the visitors. Theiss and Petry chipped in with scores while Greer dished out two assists. Brooks did not have to make a save in the shutout win. Conn.’s Becca Napolitano made 14 saves in the setback for the Camels, as the Panthers held a 22-0 shots advantage, 17-0 in penalty corners.

• Field Hockey record: 10-0

• Up next: 10/9 @ Keene State, 10/13 @ Trinity