October 10, 2011

            The Panther field hockey team earned three more wins last week, improving to 8-2 overall. With her six goals and six assists, junior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the second straight time.

            Greer accounted for all five Panther goals, scoring twice and handing out three assists as Middlebury downed Castleton 5-0 in non-conference field hockey action at Spartan Stadium Tuesday evening.

            Greer set up senior Hannah Clarke (Falmouth, Maine) with a wide open cage to open the Middlebury scoring at the 7:49 mark. Greer blasted a shot towards the far post, and as Castleton keeper Bridget Dusha reacted, Clarke deftly redirected the shot inside the near post.

            Middlebury made it 2-0 12 minutes later on yet another Greer shot that was redirected by Clarke. Greer once again sent a shot in towards the far post, where Clarke was waiting to send it home.

            Greer got one of her own at the 23:45 mark, pouncing on a rebound and potting her 12th of the season, pushing the lead to 3-0 at the interval.

            Greer opened the scoring in the second half, scoring her second of the contest just under five minutes in. She weaved her way through a pair of Spartan defenders, into the striking circle and beat Dusha with a low liner.

            Sophomore Elinore O’Brien (New Canaan, Conn.) finished off the Middlebury scoring two minutes later, once again redirecting a Greer blast past Dusha.

            Dusha finished with 16 saves, and turned away several other chances by the unrelenting Panther offense. With the loss Castleton falls to 5-6.

            Junior Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) stopped all six shots that came her way to post the shutout in her first start of the season.

            Greer scored two goals and earned two assists to lead nationally ranked No. 11 Middlebury to a 4-0 win against Hamilton on Saturday. Greer moved past Channing Weymouth into first place on the program's all-time assist list with 27 for her Middlebury career. (Weymouth recorded 25 from 2002 to 2005).

            Clarke and sophomore Katherine Theiss (Wilmette, Ill.) added one goal apiece, and senior Heather Karpas (Greenwood Village, Colo.) had an assist. Senior Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) (one save) and Brooks combined on the shutout.

            The Panthers held a commanding 22-6 shot advantage, including 16-1 in the first half. Middlebury was awarded nine penalty corners to six for the Continentals.

            Greer gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with 16:04 left in the first half. Her initial shot from close range was stopped by Hamilton goalie Victoria Trentini (nine saves), but she pounced on the loose ball and poked it past Trentini.

            Greer made it 2-0 with 9:39 remaining in the half. Karpas passed the ball ahead to Greer, who carried it into the middle of the circle, and fired the ball into the back of the cage with a defender closely guarding her.

            Greer set up Theiss 3:21 before the break for a 3-0 cushion. Clarke completed the scoring on her fifth goal with 14:17 left in the second half. Greer entered the circle from the right wing and passed to an open Clarke on the left side of the cage. Clarke took the pass and swept the ball all in one motion past Trentini before she could reach Clarke to challenge the shot.

            Middlebury scored three first half goals in a 5:19 span on its way to a 6-1 win over Babson (7-7) in a non-conference game on Kohn Field.

            Babson keeper Jess Pashos made a big save early on, stopping Greer on a breakaway. The Beavers used the momentum and took a 1-0 lead at the 6:17 mark when Kelly Walsh converted a crossing pass from Morgan Lockwood.

            Middlebury tied the game at 8:55 when junior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) scored her first of the year on a rebound following a penalty corner. Souther struck again at the 26:42 mark, receiving a crossing pass from rookie Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pt., Mich.) before finding the back of the cage.

            Clarke earned a pair of goals in a 2:13 span to give Middlebury a 4-1 lead at the intermission. The first goal came on a rebound as junior Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) quickly found Clarke for the tally. Greer’s shot from the top of the circle was finished off by Clarke at the 32:01 mark, giving her seven goals in ’11.

            Greer made it a 5-1 game just 3:35 into the second half, scoring unassisted with a reverse flick. The team’s leading scorer notched her second of the contest at 47:11, working a give-and-go with Gardner. Greer has now figured in 25 of Middlebury’s last 30 goals dating back to a September 24th game at Bowdoin.

            Shaw earned the win with two saves in 53:39, while Brooks also made a pair of stops. Jess Pashos (39 MP) and Kayla Florence (31 MP) each allowed three goals and made eight saves for Babson.
• Field hockey record: 8-2                            
• Up next: 10/11 vs. Keene St. – 6:30, 10/15 vs. Trinity – 2:00