April 9, 2012

The Panther women’s lacrosse team broke open a 5-4 game at the half, holding Hamilton scoreless in the second session on its way to a 10-4 win.

Hamilton came out strong, holding a 2-0 lead at the 21:13 mark. Emily Brodsky opened the scoring by cutting to the goal with a feed from Libby Schultz, before Rachel Friedman rolled around the crease and found the back of the net.

Middlebury answered with a three-goal run, eventually taking a 3-2 lead on a tally from junior Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.), with 15:53 remaining in the first half. Sophomore Liza Herzog (Baltimore, Md.) assisted on the first two goals on the run.

Madison Beres tied the game for Hamilton before rookie Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) scored on a free position to give the Panthers a 4-3 lead with 8:33 remaining. Herzog made it a 5-3 game before Hannah Hoar closed out the first half scoring for the Continentals with 1:23 remaining. That would be Hamilton’s final goal as the Panther defense held them to just three second half shots on their way to the win.

Five different players scored second half goals for Middlebury, as Herzog finished with a game-high three goals and two assists to go along with three ground balls. Ritter and senior Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) both finished with a pair of tallies, while sophomore Hannah Deoul (Stevenson, Md.) picked up five ground balls. Senior Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) finished with six saves in goal to earn the win.

Middlebury remained undefeated with an 8-5 NESCAC road win at #11 Amherst (6-3, 3-3) on Saturday. The seventh-ranked Panthers move to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in NESCAC play.

Looking to get the visitors off to a fast start, Colbert, wasted no time getting on the board, netting the game’s first goal just 1:49 after the opening whistle. Hoping to keep pace, Marta Randall drew a foul just under the 24-minute mark before converting on the ensuing free-position to knot things up at 1-1.

Middlebury answered with a pair of goals from rookie Catherine Fowler (Grosse Point, Mich.) and Herzog just 3:28 apart to extend their lead to 3-1 before Alex Philie buried her 11th goal of the year to trim the Amherst deficit.

With under 10 to go in the half, Ritter pushed the Panther advantage to 4-2, but Caroline Holliday quickly responded, scoring just 53 seconds later to cut it to one heading into the intermission.

Wanting to set the tone coming out of the break, Herzog again beat Amherst goalie Lamia Harik to make it 5-3 before Ritter spun away from a pair of Jeff defenders, firing a low shot into the net to push the Middlebury cushion to three with under 20 minutes remaining in regulation.

Fowler kept things rolling for the Panthers, increasing the margin to 7-3 at 18:08 with a tally off a junior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) assist, before the duo again linked up less than two minutes later to stake Middlebury to a five-goal margin.

Trying to bring the Jeffs back, Philie notched her second of the day with 8:04 on the clock, but the Purple & White could only manage one other score, netting their fifth of the afternoon on sophomore Elizabeth Ludlow’s marker with just over a minute to play.

Amherst finished with a slim 17-16 shot advantage, while Middlebury held a 19-18 edge in ground balls. Helping to force 23 Jeff turnovers, Middlebury went 13-14 on its clear attempts, while holding Amherst to a 13-18 clip.

Fowler had three goals to lead the Middlebury offense, while Herzog and Ritter each had a pair of tallies. Harik finished with five saves, falling to 6-3 on the year, while Nguyen had six stops to improve to 9-0.
• Women’s lacrosse record: 9-0
• Up next: 4/14 vs. Trinity – 2:00