Field Hockey Earns Another Top 10 Win

September 26, 2012

Middlebury picked up its third straight win over a team ranked in the top 10, as the second-ranked Panthers earned a 2-1 road win at #5 Skidmore. The loss was the first of the season for the Thoroughbreds, who fall to 8-1 overall, while the Panthers improve to 6-0. The setback snaps Skidmore's regular season home winning streak at 27 games.

The Panthers dominated the first half, outshooting the Thoroughbreds 17-0 as Skidmore goalie Haley McDougall made 10 saves to keep it scoreless through the half.

Middlebury broke the scoreless tie at 44:44 when rookie Anna Kenyon redirected a pass from Alyssa DiMaio for her third of the season. The Panthers made it 2-0 when senior Lauren Greer tallied her 10th of the year, redirecting a Charlotte Gardiner pass on the far post at 55:05.

Skidmore was finally able to put pressure on the Middlebury defense late. They made it a 2-1 game when Ceilidh MacNeill redirected Kelly Blackhurst's shot past Madeline Brooks with 6:59 remaining. The Thoroughbreds continued to put the pressure on late but were unable to break through as the Panthers held on for the 2-1 victory.

McDougall finished with a career-high 19 saves for Skidmore, while defenders Annie Weis and Jenn Hanks each added a defensive save. Brooks made two saves, while Meredith Rowe had a pair of defensive saves for Middlebury. The Panthers ended the game with a 31-7 shots advantage.

The Thoroughbreds return to action on Friday when they host Williams at 4 p.m.  The Panthers travel to Wesleyan for a NESCAC battle on Saturday at noon.