April 11, 2011

            Rachel Friedman scored a game-high five goals and Sarah Bray added four goals and three assists to lead nationally ranked No. 3 Hamilton College to a 16-6 win against No. 9 Middlebury College in a non-league women's lacrosse game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on April 5.

            Katie D'Antonio scored three goals, and Anne Graveley had two goals and two assists for the Continentals. Kate Otley and Ashley Allen tallied one goal apiece, and Libby Schultz '12 was credited with one assist. Nicole Nietlisbach made a career-high nine saves. Allen won four draw controls and Paige Engeldrum scooped up five ground balls. Meg Pengue '12 recorded five ground balls and four of Hamilton's 17 caused turnovers.

            Senior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) paced Middlebury with three goals and one assist. Ryan leads the team with 34 goals and 39 points. She also had four ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Junior Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist, and rookie Dee Miller (Rye, N.Y.) scored a goal. Junior goalkeeper Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) turned away 12 shots. Sophomore Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) won two draws and first-year player Hannah Deoul (Stevenson, Md.) caused two turnovers.

            The Continentals scored the first five goals and never trailed. Otley made the score 1-0 with her eighth goal with 20:45 left in the first half. Graveley scored on a pass from Bray 67 seconds later, and Bray notched an unassisted goal with 15:54 remaining. Friedman found the back of the net 40 seconds later after receiving a pass from Bray, and Friedman made the score 5-0 with 14:12 left.

            Ryan finally put the Panthers on the scoreboard with a free-position goal at the 13:32 mark. Middlebury didn't get closer than four goals the rest of the way. Garry's 11th goal on a Ryan assist with 57 seconds remaining in the half pulled the Panthers within 7-3.

            The score remained 7-3 until Friedman tallied her fifth and final goal of the day with 20:50 left in the second half. Her goal was the first of another five-goal spurt by Hamilton. Graveley's eighth goal on a free-position shot with 15:21 remaining ended the run and gave the Continentals a commanding 12-3 advantage.

            Hamilton enjoyed a 36-18 shot advantage, and picked up 27 ground balls to 19 for Middlebury. The Continentals doubled up the Panthers in draw controls, 16-8. Middlebury had 24 turnovers, and was successful on just 14 of 23 clear attempts.

            Hamilton has won all three meetings with the Panthers. The previous two contests between the two programs were in the 2008 and 2009 NCAA championship regional finals.

            Middlebury defeated Bowdoin for the 28th straight time as the #9 Panthers (7-2, 4-1) picked up a 16-12 win over #14 Bowdoin (8-2, 4-2) on Kohn Field. Middlebury led by as many as 10 in the second half before the Polar Bears scored seven of the final eight goals in the last 12:38 to make it a 16-12 final.

            Ryan, Middlebury’s leading scorer, was double-teamed most of the afternoon, keeping her without a goal for the first time this season. Ryan adjusted to the coverage and dished out four assists in the game, to go along with two ground balls and two turnovers.

            Middlebury came out flying, scoring six goals in the game’s first 14:55 to take a sizable lead. Senior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) found the back of the net three times during the opening run, assisting on the opening goal.

            Olvia King put Bowdoin on the board at 12:42, before Garry cut hard to the goal and converted a pass from sophomore Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) to answer. Sophomore Emma Kramer (Riverside, Conn.) followed to make it an 8-1 Middlebury lead with 5:25 remaining in the first half. The team’s exchanged goals late in the half, with the Panthers taking a 9-2 lead into the intermission.

            Katy Dissinger and Katie Stewart brought the Polar Bears within five early in the second half, before the Panthers scored six of the next seven to gain an insurmountable lead at 15-5 with 17:36 remaining.

            Delano scored her fourth of the game with a quick-stick goal from Halle to begin the run, followed by a lengthy run from Colbert to make it an 11-4 game. Leading 13-5, Garry scored twice, once with a quick shot on the inside and once on a free position to make it a 15-5 game.

            Stewart helped mount the Bowdoin comeback with a pair of unassisted tallies, before sophomore Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) answered for Middlebury with a nice pass from behind the net by sophomore Dani DeMarco (Norwell, Mass.). Carolyn Gorajek scored three of Bowdoin’s final five goals in the last 6:45, leaving the Panthers with a 16-12 win.

            Delano and Garry each scored four times, while Kramer earned her first two career goals for Middlebury. Ryan and Halle each finished with four assists, while junior Stephanie Gill (Hingham, Mass.) earned four draw controls. Nguyen made 12 saves to earn the win, while rookie Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.) earned a pair of stops in 6:45.
• Women’s lacrosse record: 7-2
• Up next: 4/13 vs. Amherst – 4:45, 4/16 vs. Trinity – 2:00