April 2, 2012

Seventh-ranked Middlebury improved to 6-0 on the season as the Panthers picked up an 18-6 road win at Colorado College. Senior Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) scored three goals and assisted on two others to pace Middlebury, as the Panthers outshot their opponents, 35-16.

            Junior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) scored twice with three helpers and added eight draw controls, while junior Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) added two goals and two assists. Sophomore Liza Herzog (Baltimore, Md.) scored twice in the win, while classmate Alice Pfeifer (Chevy Chase, Md.) had a goal and an assist. Senior Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) made five saves in 54 minutes, while sophomore Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made a pair in six minutes of action.

Grace Maloney scored three goals with two assists to lead Colorado College, while Abby Fink made 15 saves.

Middlebury remained undefeated on the season as the Panthers moved to 5-0 in NESCAC play with a 16-10 win over 11th-ranked Bowdoin (4-3, 3-2). Middlebury held a 22-13 advantage in ground balls, leading the entire game with the exception of a 1-0 deficit.

            Trailing 1-0, Middlebury went on a 5-0 run to take the lead at the 17:40 mark of the first half. Herzog scored twice during the run, taking advantage of a turnover by the goalkeeper at the 20:52 mark for her second of the game.

            Bowdoin answered with a great goal, as Katie Stewart caused a turnover, scooped up the ground ball and carried it the length of the field before finding the back of the net. Bowdoin followed with two more goals in a 22-second span to make it a 5-4 game with 13:08 left in the first half.

            A free position goal from junior Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.), followed by a pair from Garry gave the Panthers an 8-4 lead. Her first goal came on a nice feed from Halle, while the second was scored as she came from behind the net into the crease area.

            Stewart and Souther exchanged late goals to leave the Panthers with a 10-6 advantage at the halftime break.

            Bowdoin game out strong in the second half, making it a 10-8 game when Stewart converted a pass from Carolyn Gorajek at 26:27 to make it a 10-8 game. Herzog answered with a pair for Middlebury before rookie Catherine Fowler (Grosse Point, Mich.) scored in transition to increase the margin to 13-8 with 22:40 remaining.

            McKenna Teague scored with a free position shot to the bottom right corner to cut the lead to 13-9 before the Panthers took 5:15 off the clock. The lengthy possession ended with Halle finding Colbert to give Middlebury a solid 14-9 lead with 15:45 left to play.

            Clegg scored for Bowdoin at the 8:52 mark, followed by a pair from Souther to end the scoring with just two seconds remaining.

            Souther finished with four goals, two assists, three ground balls and two draw controls.  Herzog scored four times, Colbert scored three with one helper, while senior Lucy Jackson (Bronxville, N.J.) earned four ground balls with two caused turnovers. Nguyen made eight saves in goal to earn the win.

            Stewart paced Bowdoin with four tallies and two caused turnovers, followed by Clegg with three and Betsy Sachs with four draw controls. Tara Connolly made nine saves in goal.
• Women’s lacrosse record: 7-0
• Up next: 4/4 vs. Hamilton – 5:00, 4/7 @ Amherst