Middlebury

FIELD HOCKEY WINS AT COLBY

September 17, 2012

Sophomore Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and senior Lauren Greer (North Hampton, N.H.) both had one goal and one assist for the second-ranked Middlebury field hockey team in a 4-0 win over Colby in NESCAC play Saturday at Bill Alfond Field. The Panthers improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while the Mules fall to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.

While Middlebury dominated possession time, Colby was able to keep the game scoreless for nearly 25 minutes. Fowler scored the game-winning goal at 24:57 of the first half when she picked off a Colby clearing pass and ripped a shot into the cage.

The Panthers, who had a 36-3 shot advantage and a 17-1 margin in penalty corners, made it 2-0 at halftime when sophomore Alyssa DiMaio (Morristown, N.J.) tallied at 27:41. DiMaio knocked in a shot after Greer managed to slip a pass to her after a big scramble in front of the cage on a play that started off a penalty corner.

Fowler picked up her assist when her cross from the left side was tipped in by sophomore Madeleine Despins (Larchmont, N.Y.) just 6:13 into the second half. The Panthers made it 4-0 when Greer was pushed down from behind and was awarded a penalty stroke about six minutes later. She calmly lifted the ball into the upper right corner for the goal.

Colby goaltender Michelle Burt had a solid day in net with 16 stops. Middlebury senior keeper Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) did not have to make a save in earning the shutout.

• Field Hockey record: 3-0

• Up next: 9/22 vs. Bowdoin – 12:00, 9/23 vs. Amherst – 2:00