Field Hockey Wins Sixth Straight
October 17, 2010
In a battle to move into a tie for third place in the current NESCAC standings, Middlebury, ranked 16th nationally, scored early in each half and limited the Wesleyan attack to just five total shots, en route to an important 3-0 victory. Middlebury moves into a tie with Trinity College for third place, behind Bowdoin (7-0) and Tufts (6-1) while Wesleyan, ranked 18th in the country, falls into a tie for fifth with Amherst (4-3).
The Panthers opened the scoring with the only goal they would need at 5:34 on a bit of a fluke. Sophomore Lauren Greer sent the ball from far out on the right into the circle toward the Wesleyan net. Wesleyan sophomore goalie Tori Redding came out to play the ball and missed, allowing the ball to continue goalward where a waiting junior Hannah Clarke had little to do but tap the ball into an open net from close range. It was Clarke's second goal of the season.
A strong individual move through the middle of the Wesleyan defense from the top of the circle by sophomore Charlotte Gardiner produced Middlebury's second goal in the 21st minute, also her second of the season.
The Panthers added to their cushion while securing their 11th consecutive victory over Wesleyan since 2000 and improving to 24-3-1 all-time with a third goal in the 38th minute. After an initial shot by Greer through a crowd made its way to Redding for a save, the ball stayed near the goal on the left side. A sprawling Redding tried to clear the ball away with her stick while several players battled for possession. Eventually freshman Elinore O'Brien got the last touch and pushed the loose ball into the net, upping her season total to six goals.
While Middlebury held an 11-5 edge in total shots, Wesleyan controlled the corners with a 10-5 margin. Middlebury netminder junior Becca Shaw logged her second shutout of the season, needing just three saves.
Wesleyan plays its next game Tuesday, Oct. 19 at home vs. Salve Regina while Middlebury takes to the field for its next outing Wednesday, Oct. 20 by hosting St. Lawrence.