October 11, 2010

            Sophomore Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) scored three goals and assisted on another to lead 17th-ranked Middlebury to a 4-1 win over 18th-ranked Amherst on Saturday afternoon at Kohn Field. The Panthers snapped Amherst's five-game winning streak to improve to 5-3 (3-2 NESCAC), while the Lord Jeffs drop to 6-3 (3-3 NESCAC).

Middlebury rookie Elinore O'Brien (New Canaan, Conn.) accounted for the only goal of the first half when she scored 28:24 seconds into the game, but Greer would help the Panthers pull away by scoring the next three goals in a span of 24:22. Amherst got on the board with 2:17 remaining in regulation when Katie McMahon scored off a penalty corner.

The Panthers' first scoring attack began when sophomore Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) sent the ball down the line to Greer, who carried it into the circle. Greer made a beautiful pass that found O'Brien, who punched it in to give the hosts a 1-0 lead with less than seven minutes to play in the half.

Greer's first score of the game came on a breakaway less than three minutes into the second frame. With only Amherst goalkeeper Sarah Wise to beat, Greer's shot from the left side was placed perfectly into the right corner of the cage, making it a 2-0 game.

Only 9:31 later, Greer put home a rebound after the ball bounced off of Wise's pads. Greer's third tally was nearly identical to her second, as she put home a rebound to hand the Panthers a 4-0 advantage with 7:43 to play.

The Jeffs finally broke through with less than three minutes to play when they took advantage of a penalty corner. Carly Dudzik received the ball at the top of the circle and fired a shot on target, allowing McMahon to score on a deflection.

Although the Panthers scored the game's first four goals, the Lord Jeffs held advantages in shots (12-7) and corners (10-6). Junior Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) made 11 saves for Middlebury, seven of which came in the second half. Wise played the first 62:17 for Amherst, allowing four goals and stopping two shots. Claudia Easton finished out the game in goal and made one save.

            Middlebury scored three goals in the game's first 19:06 on its way to a 4-0 non-league win over Union on Tuesday.

            Middlebury took the lead just :53 seconds in when O'Brien tipped in a shot after a scramble in the Union crease area. The lead doubled at 13:18, when O'Brien struck again for her third of the season. Greer's shot was saved by Sarah Rios, with Greer gathering the rebound and sliding a quick pass to O'Brien for the goal.

            Middlebury made it a 3-0 game at 19:06, when Greer scored with a reverse stick goal in transition, taking a nice feed from Gardiner. Greer scored her team-leading fifth of the season for the only second half goal (48:39), putting home her own rebound.

            Shaw earned the shutout in goal for Middlebury, making six saves on the afternoon, while Rios made 15 stops for Union.
• Field hockey record: 5-3
• Up next: 10/12 @ Keene St., 10/16 @ Conn.  - 11:00