Field Hockey Wins Shootout At St. Lawrence

October 21, 2009

The Middlebury field hockey team won its third straight game, earning a 6-5 shootout victory on the road at #17 St. Lawrence. Six different goal scorers found the back of the cage for the 10th ranked Panthers, as they prepare to visit Bates on Saturday.

In the first half, Middlebury came out strong, quickly pressuring the Saints' defensive end. In the fourth minute of the game, Mullery Doar put the Panthers on the board with a hard shot from the middle of the circle after a penalty corner. The Scarlet and Brown responded just four minutes later, as Joss-Elyse Smith hammered the ball into the left corner right in front of the net, tying the game at one.

Middlebury continued to press hard, but the Saints fought back. The Panthers had a nice opportunity with 24 minutes left to play, but senior goalkeeper Emilie Lannamann had an impressive kick save to prevent a goal.

In the 14th minute of the first half, Caitlin Estes put the Saints ahead with a hard shot close to the net. The Panthers reacted immediately, as Charlotte Gardiner passed the ball to Sally Ryan who fired it into the left corner of the net, tying the game at two in the 15th minute of play.

The Panthers upped their lead by two just two minutes later as Heather McCormack took a shot on net, and Chase Delano grabbed the rebound to put the ball past Lannamann in the top left corner.

In the 21st minute, Middlebury made the score 4-2 on a penalty corner. Doar passed the ball to Gardiner who nailed it into the top right corner. Just before the end of the first half, St. Lawrence cut the deficit to one as Smith grabbed her second goal of the night with a shot from the left corner of the circle.

In the second half, the battle continued as both teams continued to find the back of the net. The Panthers upped their lead by two, as Emily Blair took a shot on net. Lannamann made a nice save, but Heather McCormack grabbed the rebound, putting the ball in the left corner in the 37th minute of play for a 5-3 lead. Five minutes later, Middlebury scored again as Lauren Greer scored on a penalty corner with a shot from the top of the circle.

The Saints made it a 6-4 game with the third of the night from Smith. St. Lawrence kept coming, making it a one-goal game in the 53rd minute as Smith scored her fourth of the game with a hard shot into the left corner of the net.

That would be the game's final goal as the Panthers held on for the 6-5 victory.