October 25, 2010

            The Middlebury College field hockey team picked up its eighth consecutive win as the 13th ranked Panthers (10-3) earned a 4-1 win over Bates (4-9) on Kohn Field. Middlebury clinches home field and will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal game next Sunday, while wrapping up its regular season this Friday at Williams.

            Bates took just two shots in the game, scoring on its first 3:18 into the contest on a penalty corner. Kelly McManus injected the ball to Sema Kazarian, who stopped it for Lyndsay Beaton's blast that found the back of the cage.

            Sophomore Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) tied the game for Middlebury at 9:14, scoring with a reverse stick when she lifted a shot into the cage after a rebound. The Panthers kept coming, as Greer hit the post in the 13th minute.

            Greer struck again in the second half, scoring with a high shot from the top of the circle. Sophomore Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) made it a 3-0 game at the 56:52 mark, finishing off a flurry in front of the goal after a pair of saves by Katie McEnroe.

            Greer notched the hat-trick just eight seconds later, taking a feed from Gardiner and scoring her team-leading 14th of the season.

            Junior Becca Shaw (S. Burlington, Vt.) needed to make just one save to earn the win, while McEnroe finished with 19 for the Bobcats.

            Earlier in the week, Middlebury picked up a 2-0 win over St. Lawrence (5-8) on Kohn Field. The game moved out to a slow pace, with the first shot taking 18 minutes to occur. Middlebury maintained the ball in the St. Lawrence end for much of the half, with the Panthers breaking onto the scoreboard at the 22:00 minute mark. Gardiner sent the ball through the middle from the right wing, where junior Hannah Clarke (Falmouth, Maine) scored her second goal in as many games from the far side with a redirect.

            The Panthers made it a 2-0 game at 27:32, when Greer broke in all alone and scored with a shot to the right corner of the net. The tally was her team-leading 10th of the season.

            St. Lawrence had its best chance to score five minutes into the second half, when Taylor Vogt redirected a shot. The shot went high into the air as Shaw made a blocker save to keep the shutout intact.

            The Panthers threatened again in the second half with some great chances down the stretch, but did not score as they came away with the 2-0 victory.

            Shaw ended the game with a pair of saves to earn the shutout, while Nicole Matos made 11 stops for the Saints. Middlebury out shot its opponent 22-2 in the game, holding a 5-1 lead in penalty corners.
• Field hockey record: 10-3
• Up next: 10/29 @ Williams - 5:00, 10/31 host TBA - (NESCAC Quarterfinals)