April 8, 2013

The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team picked up three NESCAC wins last week, two of them coming at home. Junior Liza Herzog (Baltimore, Md.) posted three goals, two assists and six draw controls, as third-ranked Middlebury topped  #15 Hamilton  11-6 on Wednesday.

Senior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) notched a game-high four goals, senior Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) chipped in two, while senior Emma Kramer (Riverside, Conn.) added one for Middlebury. Senior Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) dished out two assists. Junior Hannah Deoul (Stevenson, Md.) led the Panthers with four ground balls, while rookie Chrissy Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) and senior Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) caused three turnovers apiece. Junior Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.) stopped five shots in goal.

Katie D’Antonio and Rachel Friedman tallied three points apiece for the Continentals. D’Antonio scored two goals, including her team-leading 21st, and had one assist. Friedman recorded one goal and two assists, and now has 50 career helpers. Hannah Hoar scored two free-position goals and caused three turnovers for Hamilton, while Kari Koga made 15 saves in goal.

Hamilton grabbed a 1-0 lead 6:53 into the first half when D’Antonio received a pass from Friedman and sent a shot by Palomba. The Panthers responded with the next four goals and took the lead for good. Herzog tied the score on a free-position goal with 17:47 left in the half, and Halle made it 2-1 with 13:02 remaining. Souther scored the next two goals for a 4-1 advantage. The first score was unassisted with 8:09 to go and the second came after a feed from Colbert with 3:35 on the clock.

The Continentals cut their deficit in half 82 seconds later on a goal by McCarthy after she received a pass from Friedman. Souther’s third goal of the half with 30.5 seconds remaining gave Middlebury a 5-2 lead at the break.

Herzog played a part in the Panthers’ first two goals after the break as Middlebury pushed its lead to 7-2 just 82 seconds into the second half. Colbert set up a goal by Herzog 28 seconds in, and Herzog assisted on Halle’s second goal with 28:38 left.

Friedman made it 7-3 after she took a pass from D’Antonio and fired a shot past Palomba with 24:34 left. But two more quick goals by Middlebury gave the Panthers their largest lead at 9-3.

Souther scored a man-up, free-position goal with 21:40 to go, and Middlebury was the beneficiary of an own goal as Hamilton tried to clear 48 seconds later.

Hoar sandwiched a pair of free-position goals around a goal by Kramer and Middlebury held on to a 10-5 lead with 8:56 remaining. Gabriel won the ensuing draw control and the Continentals nearly took advantage of the possession. Friedman had a shot hit the post and another banged off the crossbar, and the Panthers came away with the ground ball. Herzog capitalized on a free-position shot and extended the lead back to six at 11-5 with 6:47 left. D’Antonio rounded out the scoring 80 seconds later.

Middlebury outshot Hamilton 21-15, and held a 13-6 advantage in draw controls. The teams combined for 41 turnovers in temperatures that stayed in the mid-30s with 20-plus mph winds.

Middlebury jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back, on its way to a 13-4 win over 10th-ranked Amherst on Kohn Field.

Both teams shared lengthy possessions early on, with few results as the teams combined for 12 turnovers in the first 15 minutes of play. Middlebury held a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from sophomore Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) before Souther drove hard to the net to make it a 3-0 game at the 9:16 mark.

Colbert scored twice in 23 seconds before the Jeffs got on the board. Marta Randall scored dodging defenders at 4:08, before earning her second tally in the final minute on a free position.

Middlebury possessed the ball for much of the second half, winning 9 of 11 draw controls with sophomore Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) performing well in the center circle. First-year player Laurel Pascal (Greenwich, Conn.) circled the net and scored with a shot to the short side to start the second half for Middlebury, just 36 seconds in.

Kramer assisted on each of the next two goals, finding Herzog and K. Ritter to make it an 8-2 game at the 26:57 mark. Kramer earned a goal of her own at 17:27, taking advantage of a turnover and working a nice give-and-go with Halle. Halle followed with a tally less than a minute later, before Alex Philie broke up the run for the Jeffs with a free position goal at the 10:58 mark.

Rookie Alli Sciaretta (Wilton, Conn.) scored from sophomore Lexi DeMarco (Norwell, Mass.) at 10:02, before senior Alice Pfeifer (Chevy Chase, Md.) earned assists on goals from Pascal and Halle just 24 seconds apart to make it 13-3. Elizabeth Ludlow scored the game’s final goal for Amherst with 2:13 remaining.

K. Ritter led a balanced attack for Middlebury with three goals, while Halle, Pascal and Colbert each had a pair. Randall scored twice to pace Amherst, while Philie caused five turnovers and picked up three ground balls.

Palomba made three saves in goal for the Panthers, while Christy Forrest was stellar in goal for Amherst, making a dozen stops. Middlebury held a 31-12 shots advantage in the game.

Middlebury won 18 of 24 draw controls on its way to a 15-8 win over #16 Tufts on Kohn Field. The third-ranked Panthers (10-0, 7-0) received eight of those draw controls from Herzog, who also added two goals and an assist in the win.

Leading 1-0, Middlebury and Tufts exchanged goals, both taking place with a player advantage for each squad. The Panthers then rattled off three straight goals to take a 5-1 lead with 16:09 remaining. Kramer scored twice during the run, while K. Ritter assisted on a pair of goals.

Tufts came back to score the next two goals, including a quick-stick goal from Lindsey Walker to Kaitlyn Leidl at the 13:28 mark. Ritter answered for the Panthers with a pair of goals, including one on a free position shot to give her team a 7-3 advantage with 5:09 remaining. Tufts’ Gabby Horner scored two of the final three goals of the half, as her team trailed 8-5 at the intermission.

Middlebury scored the first seven goals of the second half to put the game out of reach. Pascal and Halle each scored on free position goals, before Herzog scored on a feed from Souther. Pascal netted her third of the game, Halle scored on a free position, while Herzog found Kramer at the 8:17 mark to make it 14-5. Rookie Megan Griffin (Sudbury, Mass.) scored her first career goal with 7:00 remaining with a hard shot from the outside after a feed from Souther.

Caroline Ross broke up the seven-goal run with 4:31 remaining, scoring after a restart in traffic. The Jumbos added late goals by Horner and Kerry Eaton, both with a player down, to make it a 15-8 final.

Kramer finished with three goals for Middlebury, while Halle and Pascal each had three goals and an assist. Ritter scored two with two helpers, Souther had a goal with two assists, while Marrison picked up three ground balls. Palomba made five stops in 50 minutes, while rookie Katie Mandigo (Cornwall, Vt.)  earned a save in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Horner’s three goals paced Tufts, while Eaton scored twice with an assist and Walker added a goal and two helpers. Kate Applegate finished with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Tess Shapanka earned five saves in goal.

• Women’s lacrosse record: 10-0

• Up next: 4/13 vs. Trinity – 2:00