October 17, 2011

            The Panther field hockey team extended its winning streak to eight games as the 10th-ranked Panthers earned a 5-1 win over #15 Trinity on Kohn Field.

            Middlebury opened the scoring just 2:36 into the game, when sophomore Elinore O’Brien (New Canaan, Conn.) made a crossing pass to junior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.), who scored with a shot around goalkeeper Gina Dinallo’s (1 save) stacked pads.

            The lead doubled at the 6:48 mark with a nice crossing pass from Greer to senior Hannah Clarke (Falmouth, Maine) for the tally. Clarke struck again for her 11th of the season less than three minutes later, sweeping in a feed from junior Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) to make it a 3-0 game just 9:06 into the contest.

            Trinity got on the board at the 14:40 mark, when Alanna Capasso scored her fourth of the season, taking a hard feed from Payson Sword before finishing from the left post.

            Middlebury extended its lead to 4-1 22:21 into the second half when rookie Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pt., Mich.) blasted a shot home from the top of the circle for her second of the year.

            The Panthers scored their final goal on a penalty corner with just 20 seconds left to play. Senior Lucy Jackson (Bronxville, N.Y.) inserted the ball to junior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.), who set it for a blast by Greer for her league-leading 22nd goal of the season.

            Senior Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) made four saves in 60 minutes for Middlebury to earn the win, while junior Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) made a pair of stops in 10 minutes of action.          

On Tuesday night, Middlebury earned a convincing 7-1 victory over Keene State on Kohn Field.

            Clarke opened the scoring just 2:20 into the game, finishing off a rebound after a save had been made by Caitlin Davin-Draper. Greer also scored on a rebound at the 11:12 mark, before Clarke scored her second of the game and ninth of the season, converting a feed from O’Brien.

            Just 2:46 later, the advantage increased to 4-1 when Greer scored her second of the night, driving to the goal from the right side before lifting a shot into the cage. First-year player Hailey Culhane (Titusville, N.J.) ended the first half scoring with her first career goal at the 28:23 mark. Culhane took a quick pass from sophomore Katherine Theiss (Wilmette, Ill.) before blasting a shot past Davin-Draper from the left side of the circle. Keene had a late first half breakaway, but were unable to muster up a shot.

            Jackson netted her first career goal in the second half at the 42:23 mark, putting home a rebound. Only 1:19 later, Greer earned her second hat-trick of the season when she dodged a defender and scored driving to the goal from the right side. The tally was Greer’s 12th in her last five games.

            D.J. Cassidy, on in relief of Davino-Draper made a big save on Clarke to deny her a hat-trick in the 62nd minute. The Owls broke up the shutout with 5:57 remaining when Alyce Ferenc scored her eighth of the season on a rebound.

            Shaw made a pair of first half saves to earn the win, while Brooks (1 save) and rookie Emily Knapp (Scarsdale, N.Y.) (1 save) both saw second half action. Davino-Draper stopped five shots in the first half, while Cassidy earned 13 second half saves.
• Field hockey record: 10-2
• Up next: 10/22 @ Bates