October 29, 2012

The Panther field hockey team earned a 7-0 win over Connecticut College (7-8) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game played on Kohn Field. The Panthers (15-0) will host Amherst at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, while Tufts meets Bowdoin at 1:30. The winners will meet for the NESCAC Championship at noon on Sunday. Top-ranked Middlebury has now blanked its last eight opponents, not allowing a goal since a September 29th game at Wesleyan (575:17).

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead just 55 seconds in when senior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) carried the ball 40 yards, dodging several defenders before giving her team a 1-0 lead. First-year player Anna Kenyon (Dedham, Mass.) made it a 2-0 game at 10:58, tipping in a pass from junior Katherine Theiss (Wilmette, Ill.). Less than a minute later, Greer scored with a deflected shot high into the cage. Greer struck again on a penalty corner at the 20:28 mark, scoring after a pass from sophomore Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.).

Greer earned her fourth of the game 5:19 into the second half on a penalty corner. Fowler scored the game’s final two goals unassisted to give the Panthers the 7-0 victory.

Middlebury finished with a 32-4 advantage in shots, leading 14-2 in penalty corners. Senior keeper Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) made three saves in goal to earn the shutout, while Becca Napolitano (10 saves) and Jeannette Hoets (5 saves) each played a half for the Camels.

The Panthers wrapped up their perfect regular season with a 4-0 road win at Williams on Wednesday. Middlebury broke through the Williams defense at 12:55 with a goal by Fowler with an assist by Greer. This goal opened up the game for Middlebury as Greer tallied her 100th career goal for the Panthers at 8:33 leading her team in the half ahead 2-0.

Middlebury continued to pressure the Ephs through the second half. The Panthers found the back of the goal again at 61:40 when Theiss scored with an assist from Greer to put Middlebury ahead 3-0. Middlebury closed the game with a goal from Kenyon, assisted by Fowler at 69:36.

Middlebury led the Ephs in shots (27-1) and penalty corners (18-3). Goalie Ariana Spiliotes had 15 saves for the Ephs, while Brooks made one save for Middlebury.

• Field Hockey record: 15-0

• Up next: 11/3 vs. Amherst – 11, Bowdoin vs. Tufts – 1:30, 11/4 – NESCAC Champ. – 12