Middlebury

Field Hockey Tops Tufts In Opener

September 8, 2012

Middlebury opened its season with a NESCAC victory over #14 Tufts, topping the Jumbos 5-2 on Kohn Field. The third-ranked Panthers are right back at it on Sunday, hosting M.I.T. at 1:00 p.m.

The Panthers struck just 59 seconds into the game when Elinore O’Brien crossed to Anna Kenyon, who netted the first of her career. Middlebury made it a 2-0 game on a similar goal, whenLauren Greer found Katherine Theiss at the 8:24 mark.

Greer earned a goal of her own at 19:16, flicking a shot high into the cage after taking a feed from Madeleine Despins. Tufts threatened late in the half with three good scoring opportunities, but the Panthers held and took a 3-0 lead into the intermission.

Just 2:01 into the second half, Greer made it a 4-0 game, rifling in a shot off a Tufts player. The Jumbos answered with a chance from Chelsea Yogerst, but the Panther defense was able to clear the ball away as she nearly broke in alone. Theiss scored her second of the game at 42:42, converting a deflected pass from Greer to make it a 5-0 contest.

Tufts turned up the pressure down the stretch, nearly scoring on a penalty corner in the 53rd minute, as Madeline Brooks came up with a big save in the Panther net. The Jumbos broke through at the 64:50 mark, when Yogerst converted a crossing pass from Rachel Gerhardt. Yogerst struck again less than two minutes later, scoring on a penalty corner after another feed from Gerhardt.

Brooks finished with a pair of saves to earn the win, while Katie Stuntz made seven stops for Tufts.

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