October 31, 2011

            Junior Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) became the school’s all-time leading goal scorer as Middlebury earned a 3-0 win over Williams in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match-up on Kohn Field. Greer’s two goals gave her 68 in three seasons, two more than Heidi Howard, who tallied 66 from ’95-’98.

            All three of Middlebury’s goals were scored on penalty corners, with the first coming 10:56 into the game. The record-breaking tally came when senior Lucy Jackson (Bronxville, N.Y.) fed Greer, who blasted a shot home from the top of the circle.

            The Panthers struck again with 2:07 left in the first half, with Greer netting her second of the game. The junior took a feed from junior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) before a quick dribble and a shot into the right side of the cage.

            Williams had a great opportunity on a penalty corner early in the second half, but Panther senior keeper Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) came up with the save before the Panther defense cleared the ball away.

            The lead grew to 3-0 at the 44:33 mark, with Middlebury’s third penalty corner tally of the day. Jackson fed Souther, who stopped the ball prior to a rocket from rookie Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pt., Mich.) for her fourth of the year.

            Middlebury nearly made it a 4-0 game six minutes later, when a shot from junior Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) was tipped by senior Hannah Clarke (Falmouth, Maine), with the ball just going over the net.

            The Ephs had the ball on Middlebury’s half for periods of time during the second half, but the Panther defense broke plays up before scoring chances developed.

            Shaw ended the game with three saves to earn her first shutout of the season, while Ariana Spiliotes made eight stops for Williams.

Middlebury held a 21-6 advantage in shots on its way to a 6-3 win over Williams in the NESCAC regular season finale for both teams on Wednesday. Greer scored twice in the game, setting a new Middlebury single-season record with 28 goals in ’11, surpassing Chase Delano’s 27 in ’08.

            Middlebury scored on a penalty corner just 1:28 into the game, with Jackson injecting to Souther, setting up a blast from Greer. The nation’s leading scorer struck for her 28th of year at the 12:08 mark, scoring on her own rebound following a save.

            The Panthers made it a 3-0 game when Jackson made a short pass to Clarke after a rebound, with Clarke earning the deflection for her 12th of the season at the 20:35 mark.

            Williams got on the board at 26:57 when Sarah Eades made a long crossing pass to Emily Pavlini for her second of the year. The Ephs got right back in the game 3:05 later when Margie Fulton scored her fourth of the season on a rebound to make it a 3-2 game.

            The Ephs had a great chance to tie the game five minutes into the second half, but Shaw (3 saves) made a diving stop on Katie Jolin to preserve the one-goal advantage.

            Two minutes later, the Panthers turned up the pressure with seven penalty corners over a six-minute span. Middlebury finally solved Ariana Spiliotes (11 saves) at 51:57 when rookie Alyssa DiMaio (Morristown, N.J.) deflected a pass from Fowler high into the net.

            Middlebury struck again just 2:02 later on a penalty corner as senior Heather Karpas (Greenwood Village, Colo.) passed to Souther, before Fowler scored on a blast that deflected in off a Williams defender to make it a 5-2 game.

            The Ephs came within two at the 62:57 mark, when Cary Hairfield scored with an assist from Helena Nannes to make it a 5-3 contest. The Panthers added one more goal with time expired on a penalty corner, as Greer quickly found Gardiner for her seventh of the season.
• Field hockey record: 13-2
• Up next: 11/5 vs. Amherst @ Bowdoin – 1:30 (NESCAC Semi’s), 11/6 – Champ. – 12:00