Field Hockey Defeats Williams - Greer Sets Single-Season Mark
October 26, 2011
Middlebury held a 21-6 advantage in shots on its way to a 6-3 win over Williams in the NESCAC regular season finale for both teams. Lauren Greer scored twice in the game, setting a new Middlebury single-season record with 28 goals in ’11, surpassing Chase Delano’s 27 in ’08. She has also tied the school-mark with 66 career goals. The eighth-ranked Panthers improve to 12-2 overall, 8-2 in league play, while the Ephs fall to 7-7, 4-6 in the NESCAC. The two teams will meet again in Vermont on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game, with Middlebury earning the third seed and Williams coming in as the sixth seed.
Middlebury scored on a penalty corner just 1:28 into the game, with Lucy Jackson injecting to Margaret Souther, setting up a blast from Greer. The nation’s leading scorer struck for her 28th of year at the 12:08 mark, scoring on her own rebound following a save.
The Panthers made it a 3-0 game when Jackson made a short pass to Hannah Clarke after a rebound, with Clarke earning the deflection for her 12th of the season at the 20:35 mark.
Williams got on the board at 26:57 when Sarah Eades made a long crossing pass to Emily Pavlini for her second of the year. The Ephs got right back in the game 3:05 later when Margie Fulton scored her fourth of the season on a rebound to make it a 3-2 game.
The Ephs had a great chance to tie the game five minutes into the second half, but Middlebury keeper Becca Shaw (3 saves) made a diving stop on Katie Jolin to preserve the one-goal advantage.
Two minutes later, the Panthers turned up the pressure with seven penalty corners over a six-minute span. Middlebury finally solved Ariana Spiliotes (11 saves) at 51:57 when Alyssa DiMaio deflected a pass from Catherine Fowler high into the net.
Middlebury struck again just 2:02 later on a penalty corner as Heather Karpas passed to Margaret Souther, before Fowler scored on a blast that deflected in off a Williams defender to make it a 5-2 game.
The Ephs came within two at the 62:57 mark, when Cary Hairfield scored with an assist from Helena Nannes to make it a 5-3 contest. The Panthers added one more goal with time expired on a penalty corner, as Greer quickly found Charlotte Gardiner for her seventh of the season.