October 4, 2010

            In another top 10 national battle, Middlebury dropped its second straight game as the 13th-ranked Panthers fell at #10 Skidmore by a score of 3-0 on a rain-drenched Thoroughbred Field. The Thoroughbreds won their sixth straight to improve to 7-1, while the Panthers fall to 2-3 overall.

            Senior Christine Kemp got Skidmore started after Brittany O'Brien beat her defender around the wing and fed off to Kemp who continued along the wing and scored on the far post at the 1:15 mark. Less than a minute later, O'Brien picked up her second assist of the game as she set up Annie Rosencrans for a one-timer in the circle, giving the Thoroughbreds a 2-0 advantage. 

            Rosencrans picked up her second goal of the game at the 22:19 mark when Katie Potter sent a pass in from outside the box that Rosencrans gathered and beat Middlebury sophomore keeper Madeline Brooks (Clayton, Mo.) for her sixth goal of the season and a 3-0 lead.

            Middlebury tried to get on the board late in the first half, but Skidmore goalie Liz Catinella broke up a crossing pass on a 2-on-0 breakaway to keep the Panthers scoreless.

            The Thoroughbreds controlled possession throughout most of the second, holding a 7-3 shot advantage and drawing nine penalty corners to Middlebury's two as neither team was able to score and the Thoroughbreds earned a 3-0 victory.

            Catinella finished with seven saves to earn the shutout for Skidmore, while Brooks also made seven saves in the loss.

            In a game where each team had the better of play in one half, 13th-ranked Middlebury scored two second-half goals to pull out a 2-1 win over Colby on Saturday.

            Colby had a 13-5 shot advantage and a 5-1 margin in penalty corners in the opening half. Heather Quadir scored unassisted with 10:50 left in the first half for a 1-0 lead at intermission.

            Middlebury turned things around in the second half, with a 14-4 advantage in shots and a 7-2 lead in penalty corners. Sophomore Lauren Greer (N. Hampton, N.H.) set the tone for the Panthers by scoring just 1:10 into play with an assist from senior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.). Sophomore Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with 11:11 remaining, with a helper from Greer.

            Brooks had seven of her nine saves in the first half, while Colby keeper Liz Fontaine added eight of her 11 stops in the second half.
• Field hockey record: 3-3
• Up next: 10/5 vs. Union - 4:15, 10/9 vs. Amherst - 1:00