Field Hockey Defeats Bates

October 20, 2007

Heather McCormack registered a hat trick in the second half to help Middlebury pull away for a 7-1 victory at Bates. The Panthers improve to 9-3 (6-2 NESCAC), while the Bobcats fall to 5-7-1 (2-6 NESCAC).

Bates was strong early, earning five first half corners to Middlebury's two. Middlebury scored first 18 minutes into the first half when Reid Berrien received a pass in the circle from Lacey Farrell with her back facing the goal. Berrien pulled the ball to her right and took a reverse stick shot that beat Bates goaltender Katie McEnroe just inside the far post.

Bates responded just 50 seconds later with a goal from Rachel Greenwood to tie the game 1-1. Greenwood's goal came off a penalty corner in which Sammy Rothkopf took a direct shot on goal from the top of the circle. Rothkopf's shot rebounded off Middlebury goalie Caitlin Pentifallo as she quickly flicked in the rebound for her fourth goal of the season.

With six minutes left in the half, Middlebury's Chase Delano scored her first collegiate goal and what would turn out to be the game winner to put the Panthers up 2-1.

In the second half, Middlebury opened it up by scoring five unanswered goals despite some impressive saves from McEnroe. The Panthers scored four of those five goals in a seven-minute span. Berrien scored her team leading 13th goal of the season and her second goal of the game on a penalty corner six minutes into the second half to put the Panthers up 3-1. McCormack stole the show for the rest of the game, scoring three of the last four goals while Mullery Doar tallied two assists in the second half. Madeleine Macmillan also scored in the second half.

Middlebury out-shot Bates 34-22, but Bates retained the edge in penalty corners 9-6. McEnroe made 15 saves in net for the Bobcats, while Pentifallo made six saves for the Panthers.

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Middlebury.......... 2 5 - 7
Bates............... 1 0 - 1


1. 17:53 MID Reid Berrien (Lacey Farrell)
2. 18:43 BAT Rachel Greenwood (Samantha Rothkopf)
3. 25:02 MID Chase Delano
4. 42:20 MID Reid Berrien
5. 45:24 MID Heather McCormack (Mullery Doar)
6. 46:34 MID Madeleine Macmillan (Mullery Doar)
7. 49:29 MID Heather McCormack (Sophie Thompson)
8. 62:45 MID Heather McCormack (unassisted)

Shots: Middlebury 34, Bates 22
Saves: Middlebury 6 (Caitlin Pentifallo 6), Bates 15 (Katie McEnroe 15)