March 28, 2011

            Middlebury outscored Babson 10-4 in the second half on its way to a 14-6 win over the Beavers (3-5) on Kohn Field on Thursday. The 13th-ranked Panthers improve to 3-0 on the season, with senior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) surpassing the 100 career goal mark in the game.

            Middlebury jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a free position goal from sophomore Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) in the middle at the 21:23 mark. Babson answered with a nice feed from Alyssa Hood to Erin Daley to make it a 3-1 game before junior Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) scored from the left side with a shot to the far post to increase the lead to 4-1. Morgan Lockwood netted a late first half goal by driving the length of the field to make it a 5-2 game at the break.

            Following the second of the game from Garry, Ryan scored for the second time, earning her 100th career tally cutting to the goal with a high shot to the right corner. Her 100 goals have come in 51 career games as a Panther.

            Junior Stephanie Gill (Hingham, Mass.) converted a free position at the 24:54 mark to increase Middlebury’s lead to 7-2. Jamie Spang scored in transition for the Beavers, before the Panthers ran off three more goals, making it a 10-3 game with 17:08 remaining.

            Babson cut the lead to 10-5 on tallies from Taylor Kralovenec and Alyssa Hood, before sophomore Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) answered at 7:29. Gill followed with her second and third tallies of the game, increasing the Middlebury advantage to 13-5. The teams exchanged late goals, including the first of her career for Middlebury rookie Dee Miller (Rye, N.Y.), making it a 14-6 final.

            Ryan and Gill’s three goals apiece paced the Panthers, while Halle and Garry each scored twice. Ryan added nine ground balls and six caused turnovers in the contest. Six different players scored for Babson, with Hood earning a goal and an assist.

            Junior goalie Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) made nine saves in 58:27 to earn the win, while Sarah Macary made 12 stops for the Beavers.

            Ryan scored five times to lead Middlebury to a 15-9 win at Connecticut College Saturday. The Panthers improve to 4-0 with a 3-0 mark in conference play, while the Camels fall to 2-4 with a record of 0-3 in the NESCAC.

            Ryan added six draw controls, six caused turnovers and three ground balls for the winning side. Senior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) chipped in with three goals and an assist for the Panthers.

            In a see-saw first half, Barone knotted the game up in its third tie at three with a free position goal at the 12:45 mark.

            The Panthers scored the final four goals at the half as a part of a 9-0 run to seize control of the contest. Ryan put the Panthers on top for good, dropping in a bounce shot off the turf with 11:39 to go and then added a free position marker to make it a 5-3 game with 8:14 to go. Delano and Halle scored goals at the end of the half and the visitors carried a 7-3 advantage into the break.

            Ryan scored three of the team’s first five goals in the second stanza, capping the 9-0 run with another free position goal at the 16:31 mark to make it a 12-3 game.

            However, the Camels responded with a mini 3-0 scoring spurt of their own. Izzy Marx won a draw and played the ball ahead to Brazel, who made a nifty feed to Driscoll for a one-timer at the 12:10 mark to make it a 12-6 game.

            The Panthers scored the next three goals and were able to hold on for the 15-9 win.

            Nguyen made seven stops for the Panthers and was relieved by rookie Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.), who stopped four Camel shots in relief duty.

            Caitlin Cataldo finished with eight saves for Connecticut College and was relieved by Kelsey Burke who played the closing 18:24 of regulation in the cage for the Camels.
• Women’s lacrosse record: 4-0
• 3/29 @ Stevens, 3/31 @ Catholic, 4/2 @ Colby