April 23, 2012

Middlebury led 8-1 and never looked back on its way to a 15-6 win over Union (4-6) on Kohn Field.

Middlebury’s 8-1 early advantage saw senior Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and rookie Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) each score twice with four other players finding the back of the net. Emily McGrail converted a long pass from Kat Egizi to cut the lead to 8-2 with 7:04 remaining in the first half. Garry notched her third of the half with a nice pass from behind the net by junior Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) at the 4:07 mark to make it a 9-2 contest. Union’s Ciara Dudek and Middlebury junior Alice Pfeifer (Chevy Chase, Md.) exchanged goals in the final 2:51 to leave the Panthers with a 10-3 advantage at halftime.

Pfeifer scored her second straight goal to open the second half, both with assists to Halle for an 11-3 lead. Following a Union goal, Halle found rookie Colleen Sullivan (Madison, N.J.), with junior Dani DeMarco (Norwell, Mass.) following with a pair, for a 14-4 advantage with 11:46 left to play. Heather Fraser and Egizi scored for Union with Pfeifer’s third of the game sandwiched in between for the 15-6 final.

Ritter, Garry and sophomore Liza Herzog (Baltimore, Md.) each scored two goals for Middlebury to aid Pfeiffer’s effort. Halle finished with four goals, while junior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists to go along with three draw controls. First-year player Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.)  earned five draw controls along with two assists, while Herzog picked up four ground balls. Senior Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) made four saves in 48 minutes of play, while sophomore Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.) played the final 12 minutes in net.

Colby outscored Middlebury 7-2 in the second half on its way to an 8-6 win over the sixth-ranked Panthers on Kohn Field. The eighth-ranked Mules trailed 4-0 in the game, facing a 4-1 deficit at the intermission.

Middlebury jumped out early, with Souther figuring in each of the first four goals. Leading 1-0, Souther made a quick feed to sophomore Hannah Deoul (Stevenson, Md.), who turned and shot for the 2-0 advantage. Souther scored her second of the game at 4:57 with a high shot to the top right corner on a free position. The lead grew to 4-0 just 38 seconds later when Souther found junior Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) with a great cutting pass.

Colby got on the board with just 46 seconds remaining, as Alex Mintz converted a free position.

The Mules scored the first five goals of the second half, taking a 6-4 lead at the 9:50 mark. Claire Donegan scored the first two unassisted, before finding Hilary Barr, who made a nice curl move to tie the game at 4-4 with 13:28 remaining. Lindsey McKenna scored the next pair of goals at 12:37 and 9:50 for the 6-4 Mule advantage.

Halle broke up the five-goal run with a free position tally at the 8:55 mark, cutting the lead to one. Kate Pistel quickly answered for Colby just over a minute later with some great passing, as Donegan earned the assist. The Mules struck again with 5:30 remaining, gaining a three-goal lead when Donegan found Lindsey McKenna on a great cut to make it 8-5.

Junior Heather Marrison (Brewster, N.Y.) converted a free position for the Panther with 4:08 left, but that’s as close as the Panthers would get. The Mules effectively took the final two minutes off the clock to secure the win.

Souther finished with two goals and two assists for the Panthers, while senior Hannah Epstein (Pennington, N.J.) picked up four ground balls. Nguyen finished with seven saves in goal.

• Women’s lacrosse record: 10-2

• Up next: 4/25 @ Williams – 5:00, 4/28 vs. TBA – NESCAC Quarterfinals – 12:00